Florida Reading Association
Marilyn F. Sharp Classroom Action Research Award
Florida Reading Association (FRA) is interested in stimulating
teacher-conducted classroom research throughout the state of Florida.
To accomplish this goal, FRA awards grants of up to $500 for research
projects conducted by full-time classroom teachers employed in public
or private schools in the state of Florida.
award covers non-salary expenses connected with the classroom teacher’s
research project. Teachers may apply for a research grant at any time
by submitting a typewritten PROPOSAL FOR RESEARCH. The guidelines for
preparing this proposal are listed below.
Application Form | Proposal
a digital copies (or email MS Word or RTF format)
of the Classroom Action Research
Proposal to the
& Research Committee Chairperson (Studies-Research@flreads.org)
as listed in The
Florida Reading Journal (Winter
issue) of the FRA Directory, or at www.FLReads.org.
FRA Studies and Research Committee review proposals. Proposals received
August 1 will be considered for award by
September 30. Proposals received by January
will be considered for award by February 28. Researchers will be
notified of the action taken on their proposals. A report of progress
will be due to FRA Studies and Research Committee by March 1 for
September awards and September 1 for January awards. Upon completion of the project submit a Final
Report to the Studies and Research Committee.
Final Report Outline Format
of awards will submit a brief report of their research for possible
publication in The Florida
Reading Journal and will be given an opportunity to
present their findings at the Studies and Research Symposium at the
Annual Conference of the Florida Reading Association. The award winners
will be presented with a plaque at the FRA Annual Conference.
grants are awarded according to the following schedule of payment:
60% of request upon approval of the proposal,
40% of request upon submission of the final written report.
Final distribution of funds must be requested within one year from the
initiation or implementation date.
Action Research Style Guide
Research Proposal Format
- Name, address, phone number, and email of
- Name, address, and phone number of the school where
- Designated teaching assignment.
- Title of research project.
- Purpose of research project. This is a brief
statement explaining the question that will be answered by the research
study. Researchers should elaborate upon what brought this question to
- Materials to be used in the study (instructional
materials, test, or other items).
- Teaching and testing procedures to be followed. (This
is a step-by-step presentation of what will be done. Be sure to number
each step and carefully and completely explain procedures.)
- Testing procedures for results. (This is an
explanation of how the differences will be tested or observed by the
- Projected budget with a brief summary and list of
- Anticipated completion date.
- A letter from the researcher’s principal granting
permission to do the research (REQUIRED). Other supporting letters as
the researcher deems necessary may also be attached.
- Plans for dissemination of results in addition to the
award agreements noted in the flyer.
Research Final Report Format
- 1. Title of research Project
- 2. Name, school, email address, and contact number
- 3. Focus Statement: (Introduction/Purpose)
- 4. Literature Review
- 5. Variables of this Research:
- 6. Research Questions:
- 7. Approach:
- 8. Negotiations/Collaboration:
- 9. Timeline:
- 10. Data Collection:
- 11. Data Analysis interpretation:
- 12. Action Plan that has emerged from your research:
- 13. My reaction of doing this Action Research project:
- 14. Networking/ Dissemination:
- 15. Supporting Documents: (Appendix)
Marilyn F. Sharp
Classroom Research Award Winners