rlta faqs

Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions


  • There is no limit to the number of years you may receive the grant

  • Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade CPS and CPS recognized charter school teachers

  • Reading specialist, special education teachers, and librarians are eligible 

  • Content area teachers who use literature in the classroom are eligible 

  • Co-teachers are eligible 

Questions? Contact: Daphne Robinson Community Manager Email: daphner@witschicago.org Call/Text: 708-943-7582 

rochelle lee teacher award application process

  • The application period opens Monday, March 4, 2024 and closes Monday, April 15, 2024 
  • The application consists of 4 essay questions about your classroom library and attitudes toward reading 

  • All applications are read and scored by the WITS Selection Committee (including  WITS staff, WITS board members, and Rochelle Lee alumni) using the Application Rubric
  • Awardees will be notified in June 

  • Awardees receive the grant in two allotments to spend during the fall and winter book ordering periods 

  • Awardees are required to submit a reflection during the school year on how they used the books in their classroom 


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