George Simpson Award Information
Intent of the Award
George Simpson was chancellor of the university system of Georgia from 1965 to 1979. He was, and is, a champion for children’s literacy and a strong advocate for Reading Recovery. The Tarver Family Foundation bestowed a gift honoring Dr. Simpson to the Georgia State University Reading Recovery Program in May 2000.
It is Dr. Simpson’s desire that these funds be used to support Reading Recovery teachers and teacher leaders in their ongoing professional development by supporting travel costs to a regional or national Reading Recovery conference.
George Simpson Award Application
The actual amount of each award varies, depending on actual expenses. Recipients are required to turn in their original receipts immediately after the conference and are reimbursed within 30 days of submission. Receipts must provide details of the items that were purchased. Please be aware that expenses for alcoholic beverages will not be reimbursed.
- The application form: The form requires contact information and other basic facts, including number of years in Reading Recovery.
- Two short essays: The essays are 100 words each maximum, to be submitted on a separate sheet of paper. They have a combined possible point score of 100.
- What new insights do you expect to gain at the conference for which you are applying? (60 Points) This essay should show the judges that you know what you need to learn. Be specific about the topics you think you most need to learn about in order to help your students, foster understanding among parents and improve your own teaching.
- Briefly describe your financial need. (40 Points) This essay should help the judges to understand the special circumstances that make it difficult for you to afford going to the conference of your choice.
Applicants are urged to make sure the answers to the essay questions are no more than 100 words each. Everything over 100 words will be deleted.
To ensure impartiality, the essays are read ‘blind.’ Each application is assigned a number by the office manager, and all mention of the applicant’s name, school and school system is deleted. Applicants should also count the number of words in each essay, as all words over the 100-word limit will be deleted. Please do not include photographs, graphics, or any decorations with your entry.
Essays are scored by the judges according to a point system, and have a possible combined score of 100. Generally, the judges are looking for quality and depth in the essays, including a clear understanding of Reading Recovery and its implementation. They are also seeking candidates who are articulate and who express themselves clearly, using good grammar, spelling and punctuation. Total scores are then divided by the number of judges for an average score. The award is conferred to the applicant with the highest average score.
If no applicant scores at least 85 of the possible 100 points, the judges reserve the right not to grant an award in that round. In case of a tie for the top score, the judges reserve the right to ask the tied applicants for additional information.
Applications will be judged by the Georgia State University Reading Recovery Training Center professionals whose decisions will be final in all respects. In the event that a candidate is unable, for any reason, to attend the conference, the Reading Recovery University Training Center should be informed so that the award can be conferred on the next highest scoring candidate. By participating, entrants agree to the Official Rules and decisions of the Georgia State University Reading Recovery program, which shall be final in all respects.
Please contact the Georgia State University Reading Recovery Training Center at 404-413-8024 if you have specific award questions.