Rochelle lee teacher award Application

The Rochelle Lee Teacher Award is a book grant for Chicago public and charter school elementary educators to enhance their classroom libraries and develop a love of reading in their students. Applicants complete a short essay-based application about their attitudes toward reading and plan for the use of the books they purchase with the grant for their classroom. Awardees will receive a grant of $500 in two allotments (fall, winter) to purchase books for their classroom library.

Please read the eligibility requirements and the WITS anti-racist commitment before applying.

If you need assistance with your application or have questions, please email Daphne Robinson at or call 708-943-7582.

The application period for the Rochelle Lee Teacher Award is now closed.



Professional texts available to use in the RLTA library (select "professional texts" from drop-down menu). This resource is for RLTA awardees only.
Booksource’s Classroom Organizer is a free, online tool to catalog your classroom library books, create class check-out rosters, manage usage reports, and more. This resource is available for all teachers.

RLTA RESOURCES: Lending library

The Lending Library contains more than 350 sets of children and young adult books. Titles are available in whole class sets and smaller group sets. This resource is available for current and former Rochelle Lee Teacher Awardees.
View the Rochelle Lee Lending Library catalog and availability online via LibraryThing.
Contact Daphne Robinson in advance to borrow books from the lending library for your students. This will ensure that the desired books are available, and that a specific time can be scheduled to pick up the books.

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Sarah Hoppe Knight

Chief Program & Strategy Officer