The Washington Organization for Reading Development recognizes a local council for advocating for literacy at the local, state or national level. The Advocacy Award was established in 2002.
Nominees will be judged by evidence found within the application on the following categories:
- Actively encouraging council members to advocate for literacy issues with local and state policy makers and/or the media (e.g., mobilizing local groups to write letters, send email, and/or contact legislators or school board members)
- Providing support and information for council members on strategies that individuals can use to advocate for literacy issues (e.g., through a council web site, listserv, newsletter).
- Advocating literacy issues at the local, state, or national level (e.g., providing testimony for legislature, meeting with local school board, publishing op-ed pieces in the newspaper)
- Organizing other professional groups or individuals to advocate for literacy issues (e.g., providing information and action plans for an organization, mobilizing local groups to write letters, send email, and/or contact legislators or school board members…)
2002 – Katherine Schlick Noe, Seattle
2009 Pat Mainella, Pullman