William S. Gray Citation of Merit

The International Literacy Association (ILA) William S. Gray Citation of Merit is a nonmonetary award reserved for those ILA members who have made outstanding contributions to multiple facets of literacy development—research, theory, and practice.


  • Opens week of November 15, 2020
  • Closes March 15, 2021
  • Applicants are notified of the results via email by the end of June 2021


  • Nominees must have current ILA membership.
  • Nominees must have made outstanding contributions in a leadership role in the field of literacy.
  • Nominees must be notable influences through instruction, presentations, publications, research, and media (e.g., podcasts, webinars, blogs, videos) on many or all the following: students, teachers, colleagues, literacy professionals, children, and families and caregivers
  • Nominees must have made outstanding contributions of a highly original kind in the field of literacy theory.
  • Nominees must have made outstanding contributions to literacy practice.
  • Nominees must have produced definitive material or undertaken important restructuring of existing material in given field.
  • Applicants must have made outstanding contributions from the point of view of communication—brilliant pedagogy in both print and digital formats.
  • Nominees must have shown superior service in several important capacities in literacy (e.g., as teacher, scholar, researcher, literacy professional, psychologist, linguist, author, administrator, counselor, clinician)

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If you are nominating yourself, please fill out this section with your own information.


The following materials should be uploaded as individual documents. Failure to upload all items will result in your application being unsubmitted.

  • Rationale for Recommendation: Provide rationale for recommending this person, including description of nominee's contributions to reading theory and/or research, reading practice, publications, service to the profession, and service to ILA.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Provide nominee's professional vitae (maximum of three pages)

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If you are unable to upload files, please send documents via email to ILAAwards@reading.org.


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Has the nominee/applicant been nominated for or applied for another ILA award this year? *


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