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Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy Award

Carol Mead

2018-2019 Recipient

Raising Readers in Wyoming - Pine Bluffs

Raising Readers in Wyoming encourages parents to read to their young children by providing beautiful new books as part of the well child health care visits. Raising Readers in Wyoming will be honored at the Wyoming Business Forum luncheon on November 14 in Cheyenne and will receive a $4,000 award.

Interested in Nominating a Leader in Literacy? 


Any Wyoming citizen, organization, business or community may be nominated for the Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy Award. Accomplishments that are noted should reflect contributions made in Wyoming that exemplify a commitment to the literacy development of Wyoming citizens.

Previous Leaders in Literacy recipients will not eligible for nomination in the following year, but nomination of previously unselected nominees will be encouraged. Award recipients will be eligible to re-apply after a five-year period has passed.

Award winners will be announced at the Wyoming Business Alliance meeting in November in Cheyenne. Recipients will receive a $4000 award and a plaque recognizing the honor.


Nominations must be submitted electronically (With attached Word document or PDF) no later than October 1st to:

Click Here to Make a Nomination

Provide the following information in the nomination form:

Select one of the following categories for your nominee:
  • Individual (e.g., teacher, librarian, business person, legislator)
  • Organization (business, non-profit, school, after school program)
  • Community (e.g., city, town, district)
Provide information for the nominee:
  • Name 
  • Literacy involvement, organization and/or professional affiliation
  • Address

  • Telephone (day and evening)

  • E-Mail address, if available
Provide information for the nominator:
  • Name
  • Relationship to the nominee
  • Address

  • Telephone (day and evening)

  • E-Mail address, if available


NOTE: The members of the UW Literacy Research Center and Clinic Outreach Advisory Board will determine the winner of the Leaders in Literacy award. The award determination is based primarily on the award criteria and evaluation criteria listed below. Nominators should address all applicable criteria in their nomination letters, and should encourage individuals preparing letters of recommendation to do the same.


  • What contribution(s) has the nominee made to literacy development in Wyoming? Define the nature of the nominee’s involvement.

  • Describe the impact or emerging impact of the nominee’s support of literacy in the community and/or the state. Provide evidence of impact.


  • One nomination letter: no more than 2 pages, single-spaced, #12 font and addressing the criteria outlined in this document.

  • If you include the Support Materials combine all materials into a single document, as the submission process only accepts a single file.


  • A minimum of two additional letters of recommendation, 1-2 pages each, single-spaced, #12 font, supporting the nomination, and addressing the criteria in this document. 
It is recommended that these be from people who are familiar with differing aspects of the nominee’s literacy involvement. Letters should focus on contributions of the individual’s or group’s efforts to promote literacy development in Wyoming, and not other aspects of the nominee’s service to the community.

  • Reports or impact statements that clearly demonstrate literacy-related contributions.

  • Samples of the individual’s or organization’s work, including news articles, programs, etc., may be provided.


Nomination packets will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Impact – Organization or individual has demonstrated impact on children, families, the community(ies), and state.

  • Innovation – Organization or individual has utilized/developed an innovative approach(es) to preferred practices in promoting literacy.

  • Preferred Practices – Organization or individual is promoting literacy practices that are based in research and/or evidence of effectiveness.

  • Sustainability - Organization or individual has provided evidence of sustainable practices among children, families, and the community(ies).

2018-2019 Nominees

Teton County

Our Mission is to ensure that all students have the foundation for success and are challenged to reach their full potential.

Wyoming Education Association

The mission of the WEA is to advance public education at all levels by: creating equitable educational opportunity for all learners; promoting the highest quality standards for the profession; and expanding the rights and furthering the interests of the education personnel.

Holy Name Catholic School

Holy Name Catholic School Challenges each individual to grow spiritually, achieve academic excellence, develop individual gifts and talents, and model the values, attitudes and behaviors that foster a life committed to Christian service.

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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3156


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