Educational Institutions

Boundless Readers

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.boundlessreaders.org

Mission Statement

Boundless Readers, formerly the Rochelle Lee Fund, exists to develop readers: children who not only know how to read, but do read -- frequently, widely, and willingly.
Four core beliefs guide our pursuit of this mission: 1) becoming a reader is critical to lifelong learning and success; 2) every child deserves the opportunity to become a successful reader; 3) teachers are vital to developing students who are readers and, more broadly, improving urban education; 4) the most effective teachers are professionals, readers, and leaders.

Main Programs

  1. Rochelle Lee Teachers Awards (R.L.T.A.)
  2. Building Exemplary Schools through Teams (B.E.S.T.)
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

Metro Chicago

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Mary A. Hicks

Keywords

Self-reported

literacy, Chicago public schools, reading, readers, books, teachers, educators, students, children, professional development, professional learning

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EIN

36-3627196

 Number

6960902452

Also Known As

Rochelle Lee Fund

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Rochelle Lee Teachers Awards (R.L.T.A.)

The Rochelle Lee Teacher Awards (RLTA) are named in honor of Rochelle Lee, the inspirational founder of Boundless Readers.  Each year our Selection Board chooses several hundred Chicago public elementary and middle school teachers from across the city to receive this professional development award. Teachers are selected through a competitive application process.  Teachers participate in RLTA as an individual or as a study group participant.

Teachers choose from over 600 hours of professional development workshops about literacy to fulfill RLTA program requirements. This broad choice allows them to select workshops that are relevant to their professional needs. Participation in sessions that focus on teacher as reader is also required for every teacher.  RLTA programming includes: summer workshops, monthly study groups, teacher book discussion groups (TACAR), and ongoing support from Boundless Readers. 

Teachers also receive between $500-$850 worth of new children’s books for their classroom libraries. Teachers are not given a specific book list; rather they select books that best meet their students’ interests and needs.  To enhance the selection process, teachers spend at least four hours in the Rochelle Lee Review Library reviewing books prior to placing their order. 

RLTA is rooted in the belief that providing children with classroom libraries of high quality, relevant books, the time to read and be read to every day, and the opportunity to take books home, are essential to developing their reading ability, habit, and independence.  To foster development of a regular reading practice among their students, RLTA teachers agree to read aloud to their class for 20 minutes each day and to provide another 20 minutes for independent reading.  Students have daily access to their classroom library so they can choose the books they want to read.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Building Exemplary Schools through Teams (B.E.S.T.)

Study groups transforming schoolwide literacy. Pilot program to launch in 2010.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

Metro Chicago

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BOUNDLESS READERS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jan 31

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Boundless Readers

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Principal Officer

Ms. Mary A. Hicks

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nicole Donnelley Power

University of Chicago Lab School

Term: July 2009 - June 2011

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