CRA, Inc. empowers educators by offering 10 grants worth $750 each annually. These grants support projects that promote literacy and current theory in our schools and classrooms. Winners have the opportunity to share their projects at our Awards Banquet each spring.

Awards / Grants

2020 Teaching Grant Winners

  • Torrie Phillips from Coventry for “Bolstering SEL in the Coventry community”
  • Lauren O’Keefe from Milford for “Reaching All Readers with Diverse and Representative Choice Books”
  • Ashley Huckabone from Guilford for “Windows and Mirrors Book Clubs”
  • Dee Walters from Norwalk for “Mirrors and Windows -Diverse Books that Reflect the World”
  • Kristin Talbot from Torrington for “Mobile Accessible Library”
  • Nancy Wiecking from Winsted for “Diversifying the Curriculum through Book Clubs”
  • Jillian Bathricky from Guilford for “Diversifying the Library”
  • Kara Hennessey from Coventry for “Equity and Diversity in Our Classroom Libraries”
  • Therese White from South Windsor for “Building the ‘Woke Book Club’ of SWHS”
  • Stephanie McNamar from Coventry for “Supporting Student and Family Diversity Conversations through While School Book Club”
  • Jessica Ayers from Farmington for “Advancing the Academic Mindset of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students”
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Ashley Huckabone - Windows and Mirrors Book Clubs
Literacy Coach, Baldwin Middle School

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Kara Hennessey - Bringing Diverse Texts into the Classroom
K-12 Literacy Specialist, Coventry Public Schools

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Jillian Bathricky and Cheryl Robertson - Diversifying our Library
Literacy Coach, Elisabeth C. Adams Middle School, Guilford, CT

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Lauren O’Keefe - Reaching All Readers with Diverse and Representative Choice Books
English Department Head, Foran HIgh School, Milford

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Nancy Wiecking - Diversifying the Curriculum Through Book Clubs
English Teacher, Winsted

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Stephanie McNamar- Supporting Student and Family Diversity Conversations through Whole School Book Club
Reading Consultant, Coventry Grammar School

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Torrie Phillips - “Bolstering SEL at G.H. Robertson School & in the Coventry Community”
Library Media Specialist, George Hersey Robertson School, Coventry

2019 Teaching Grant Winners:

  • Angela Buccheri from Wallingford for “Family Literacy Nights”
  • Lisa Handfield from Chester for “Afterschool Book Clubs and More!”
  • Lauren Donovan, Nicole Flynn & Kristin Piraneo from Kensington for “Critical Literacy Skills: Critically Important for Struggling Readers!”
  • Torrie Phillips and Matt Kyer from Coventry for “Little Free Libraries”
  • Jacqueline Mulhern, Elizabeth Alagno, and Nicolette Marcal from Waterbury for “SPIRES”
  • Emily Fournier from Guilford for “Building Bridges Through Diversity in Literature”
  • Vita Beebe from Windsor Locks for “Windows and Mirrors: A Multicultural Library”
  • Erin Guarino from Bloomfield for “An Evening of Shared Reading in your PJs”
  • Michele Eligio from North Branford for “Memoir Chapbook Project”
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Lauren Donovan, Nicole Flynn & Kristin Piraneo from Kensington for "Critical Literacy Skills: Critically Important for Struggling Readers!"

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Erin Guarino from Bloomfield for
"An Evening of Shared Reading in your PJs"

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Angela Buccheri from Wallingford for "Family Literacy Nights"

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Lisa Handfield from Chester for "Afterschool Book Clubs and More!"

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Torrie Phillips and Matt Kyer from Coventry for "Little Free Libraries"

Recent Winners

Nicholas Criscuolo Reading Award for Administrators

2018: Dr. Charles Smith – Assistant Superintendent of Wilton Public Schools

CRA Outstanding Reading Educator Award

2018: Leah Page – Reading Consultant, Essex Elementary School

International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award

2018: Dr. Karen Waters – Director of Literacy, Sacred Heart University