Read A Difference Fellowship

What is Read-A-Difference Fellowship?

Opportunity for UVU Faculty associated with the UVU Forum on Engaged Reading to work with elementary teachers to share practices that help with Reading Motivation and to test the efficacy of those practices. UVU faculty work closely with teachers as consultants. 


Who Can Participate?

Elementary teachers within the UVU service region (Intermountain: Utah, Wasatch, and Summit Counties) who are interested in an opportunity to enhance the reading motivation of the students in their classroom. Preference (though not a requirement) will be given to a group of teachers from one school working at the same grade level.


What is expected of those who participate?

  1. Submit proposal (see below under ‘How to Participate’)
  2. Principal support for keeping cohort of teachers together through the 2018-2019 academic year, if possible.
  3. Attend the UVU Forum on Engaged Reading (October 2017 and 2018)
  4. Participate in consultation  (April 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
  5. Create Reading Motivation plan for implementation during 2018-2019 school year.
  6. Provide access to and support data collection activities during 2018-2019 school year. Data collection activities include:
    • Pre and post reading motivation assessment (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019).
    • Pre and post reading achievement scores in accuracy, fluency rates, and comprehension (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019).
    • Interviews of teachers.
    • Observation of instruction.
    • Teacher journaling 1/month responding to prompts.
    • Student Focus Groups in Spring of 2019 


What do Fellows receive?

  1. Group and individual consultation with UVU Faculty.
  2. Teacher stipend, distributed at end of study.
  3. Book stipend (purchase of books for classroom)
  4. Financial support for carrying out a large scale reading motivation event.
  5. Registration and Hotel accommodation for attending the October 2017 and 2018 UVU Forum on Engaged Reading.


How to Participate?

Submit a proposal consisting of the following items:

  1. Statement of support from Principal. Preference is given to working with a cohort of teachers who have a commitment from the principal to stay together as a cohort of teachers during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 School years. 
  2. Statement from each teacher expressing interest in the Read-A-Difference Fellowship, what each teacher hopes to accomplish through participation, and commitment to expectations listed above.
  3. Provide contact information including email, phone, and names of individuals as well as school name and address.


Who to contact about additional information?

The Read-A-Difference Fellowship is part of the UVU Forum on Engaged Reading and is led by Doug Gardner (, Ann Sharp (, and Lorilynn Brandt (  


When to Submit by?

Submit proposal to Doug Gardner ( by September 15, 2017.

Grant awardees will be notified by October 1, 2017.