Awards & Grants

ILA Nila Banton Smith Teacher as Researcher Grant

This US$5,000 grant is given to teachers who conduct research inquiries in their classrooms and show outstanding leadership in translating theory and current research into practice in developing content area literacy. Applicants must be ILA members.

Deadline: January 15



Recent recipients


Sarah Valter Katie Syrett
Jillian Skouby

Sarah Valter, Jillian Skouby, and Katie Syrett, Sappington Elementary, Sappington, MO
That’s a Novel Idea! Using Novel Engineering to Support Reading Comprehension, Collaborative Problem-Solving, and Application of the Design Process



Danielle Rylak and Erin Ruegg
How Can Spanish Trade Books Support Family Involvement and Improvement in Spanish and English Literacy for Dual Language Learners?

Nila Banton Smith Award: Shavonne Marie Jacobson


Deborah Rude, Bethany Silva, and Linda Iannetta
Research to Practice: Implementing Evidence-Based Close Reading and Writing Strategies

Nila Banton Smith Award: Deborah Neal Hollimon, Angela Madsen


Sandra Athans and Denise Devine
Redefining Balanced Literacy: Examining How to Meet Grade-Level Expectations Using Whole-Class Close Reading, Differentiated Groups, and Centers

Marie Wright and Jenifer Rohrberger
Hearing Loss and Literature Connections: Comprehension Strategies to Aid Students With Hearing Loss in Forming Connections, Vocabulary, Writing

Andrea Nobil
Bilingual Bridges: Integrating a Second Language With CCSS ELA Standards in the Primary Grades

Elin Anderson
How Does Integrated Science Literacy Instruction Impact Student Success in Problem-Based Learning?


Rachael Cooper and Jodene Morrell
Using Multicultural Literature to Increase and Improve Diverse Urban Third Graders' Socioemotional Wellness, Cultural Awareness, and Writing

Peta Gresham
Pedagogy, Technology, and Creativity: Fostering Student Achievement in Senior English

Michelle Gunderson
Teachers' Approaches to Intervention Planning for Struggling Readers Using an RTI Framework

Rawia Hayik
Through Their Eyes: Israeli-Arab Students Speak Up Through Participatory Documentary Photography Projects

Danielle Kachorsky
Young Adult Literature as a Bridge to the Canon

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