Evansville Elementary receives 2019 Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy Award

Courtesy: Natrona County School District
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CASPER, Wyo. (RELEASE) - Evansville Elementary School was recently awarded the 2019 Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy Award.

Students and staff gathered Monday to celebrate the award with representatives from the University of Wyoming College of Education Literacy Research Center and Clinic, the John P. Ellbogen Foundation, and Natrona County School District.

Principal Wayne Tuttle received a plaque to display in the school commemorating the achievement.

The school has partnered with the University of Wyoming College of Education Literacy Research Center and Clinic after 2016-2017 data records indicated a need for improvement in language arts/reading.

The teachers at Evansville Elementary collectively agreed that vocabulary was the lowest area of achievement for all grade levels at the time, and for an entire year worked together to achieve higher levels of reading comprehension and vocabulary.

The school staff and faculty led engagement around vocabulary and the love of words, active reading, peer observation of lessons, monthly staff
meetings, and meetings with UW. Successfully achieving their goal, staff are now highly skilled in literacy instruction and achievement data in the language arts/reading has improved.

In recognition of her efforts, the UW Literacy Research Center and Clinic’s Outreach Advisory Board awarded Evansville Elementary this distinguished award.

Wyoming’s former First Lady, Carol Mead, has a passion for promoting literacy education throughout the state of Wyoming. Through her vision, the First Lady collaborated with the University of Wyoming College of Education to establish the Literacy Research Center and Clinic.

Now a nationally recognized institution, the Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC) serves the literacy needs for children, families, teachers, and schools throughout the state of Wyoming.

In 2016, the LRCC Outreach Advisory Board established Carol Mead’s Leaders in Literacy Award as a way to recognize and honor Wyoming citizens, organizations, businesses, or communities that have
made substantial contributions in Wyoming, and that also contribute to literacy development among the Wyoming community.

Formerly known as the First Lady’s Leaders in Literacy Award, this past year the award was renamed to honor the legacy of former First Lady Carol Mead and her impact on the literacy and education of students throughout Wyoming.