Bruce Alberts has been awarded the John Edward Porter Legacy Award by Research!America. He will be presented the award at the 2020 Advocacy Awards Dinner. (

James A. Banks organized and chaired a general session at the annual conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) that was held in Tucson, Arizona, November 6-10,  2019. The session, titled “Global Migration, Structural Inclusion, and Citizenship Education Across Nations,” included presentations by scholars from England, Canada, Korea, and the United States. 

On October 3. 2019, James A. Banks gave the 8th Annual Ottilia Chareka Memorial Lecture in Education and Social Justice at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada. His lecture was co-sponsored by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education in the Fredericton School Board. 

In October, 2019, Wiley published the Tenth edition of Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives, which is edited by James A. Banks and Cherry A. McGee Banks. 

Erik De Corte presented during the General Assembly of the International Academy of Education (May 20 -24, 2019) in Moscow an invited lecture at Moscow City University on “Learning design: Creating powerful learning environments for self-regulation” that we published in the journal “Voprosy obrazovanyia/Educational Studies”.

Marilyn Cochran-Smith gave three recent keynote addresses: the MOFET International Conference on Teacher Education in Tel Aviv, Israel, in June; the British Educational Research Association (BERA) in Manchester, England, in September; and, the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCOTENS) in Ballyconnell, Ireland, in October. She also published a new article, “Educating Teacher Educators: International Perspectives” in The New Educator.

Sarah Warshauer Freedman was an invited speaker and participant in the June 2019 United Nations Public Service Forum and Awards Ceremony, held in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan. The Forum was organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and hosted by the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Forum focused on “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through Effective Delivery of Services, Innovative Transformation and Accountable Institutions.” Sessions explored how to transform public institutions, including schools, to equip them with the capacities to implement the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over 450 international and regional participants attended the event, including ministers, senior government officials, mayors, and representatives from civil society, academia, the private sector, and international and regional organizations. Freedman spoke during a workshop session on integrated approaches in the education sector, with a focus on teacher education. She also served as Rapporteur for a two-day workshop consisting of four sessions on integrated approaches, including a session on not only education, but also climate change and sustainable cities and communities as well as tools for measuring integration of services across sustainable development goals. 

Amy Gutmann (with Jonathan D. Moreno) recently published Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven But Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America (Norton/Liveright).  The book examines the inevitable moral choices that come along with tremendous medical progress.  From health care reform and death-with-dignity to child vaccinations and gene editing, the book details how bioethics came to dominate the national spotlight and blends history and public policy to expose the American paradox of wanting to have it all without paying the price.

Jeffrey Henig, along with Rebecca Jacobsen and Sarah Reckhow, published Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics (Harvard Education Press, 2019).  Drawing on a wide array of data from five cities—including over 18,000 campaign donations, interviews with winning and failed candidates, and comparative analysis of media attention and issue focus—the book reveals a complex set of interactions that belies the simple stories commonly told about local school politics. The authors suggest that the involvement of wealthy individuals and national organizations in local school board elections are signs of the nationalization of local education politics.  Unlike centralization, which involves the shifting of power and authority up and out of local arenas, nationalization reflects a growing realization on the part of national political actors that local arenas continue to be important as sites for agenda-setting and political engagement over educational issues. With nationalization, the formal boundaries of local districts operate less as walls demarcating the separation of the local from metropolitan, state, and national politics than as the meeting place where national and local actors form alliances around competing visions of what schooling should be. 

Jack Jennings made a few speeches and presentations during 2019. Most of his professional time was spent researching and writing a book which will be released in April 2020. The topic will be school reform.

David Kaplan recently gave three distinguished lectures: the Anastasi Lecture at Fordham University, the Department of Psychology Distinguished Lecture at UC-Davis, and the Donald O. Hebb Lecture at McGill University.  The topics of the lectures concerned quantifying uncertainty in statistical models and methods applicable to large-scale assessments.  In addition, Kaplan received (along with co-PI Jianshen Chen, The College Board), a 3-year Institute of Educational Sciences grant on developing and applying the method of Bayesian dynamic borrowing; a method for utilizing historical data in education research.

Michael Kirst in 2019 completed his 15th year of service on the California State Board of Education with most of the time as President. His first and final terms were separated by 40 years paralleling the terms of Governor Jerry Brown.

Gloria Ladson-Billings was awarded the Alumni Excellence Award from the Graduate School of Education, Stanford University in October 2019. NAEd member, Larry Cuban was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award at the same event. Gloria Ladson-Billings will serve as the inaugural RILE Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Education, Stanford University in Spring 2020.

Marcia C. Linn received a grant from the Hewlett Foundation entitled Personalized Open Web-based Educational Resources Evaluator and Designer (POWERED) to give teachers agency to independently combine and personalize open educational resources (OERs) to deepen student learning. POWERED will design a web-based tool that supports teachers and other instructional designers to create personalized units that align with powerful pedagogy and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) performance expectations. POWERED users will personalize their instruction by creating on-line materials that combine research-tested curriculum materials, open source models and simulations, and their own classroom-tested activities. They will use the knowledge integration pedagogy to ensure that students achieve deeper learning.

Pamela Moss has been appointed as the John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Education by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Anna Neumann announces a new book:  Pallas, Aaron M., and Neumann, Anna. Convergent Teaching: Tools to Spark Deeper Learning in College. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. Opening with discussion of American ambivalence toward higher education, the volume examines several postsecondary reform strategies, all of which bypass the centrality of teaching. Foregrounding teaching and teaching improvement as critical missing links in higher education policy discourses, the authors use a series of teaching cases to define convergent teaching, a model derived from rich K-12 instructional theory, as a way to advance higher education policy and practice. Concluding recommendations for institutional-level teaching improvement include rebalancing the formative and summative aspects of the evaluation of teaching, reducing reliance on student instructional ratings, developing durable artifacts of college teaching practice, and building cultures supportive of good teaching.

Anna Neumann is recipient of the Research Achievement Award of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. The award, presented at the organization’s annual conference in Portland, Oregon, November 2019, recognizes career-long excellence in research on higher education. Neumann was cited for long-term contributions to research on teaching in urban high diversity and broad-access institutions, university professors’ intellectual careers, and institutional leadership. She was further recognized for her expertise in qualitative research and excellence in the teaching of research to doctoral students and novice faculty members.

Sonia Nieto has delivered keynote addresses at several national conferences including the Two-Way Immersion Network Conference at Boston College in June; the BUENO Summer Institute in Boulder, CO in August; and the WIDA Annual conference in Providence, RI in October. In addition – and most special – with her daughter Alicia López, she gave the keynote address based on their book, Teaching, A Life’s Work: A Mother-Daughter Dialogue at the annual NYSTESOL conference in White Plains in November.   She wrote the foreword in Social Justice and Putting Theory Into Practice in Schools and Communities by Susan Trostle Brand and Lori Ciccomascolo (IGI Global, 2020). Her chapter “Reimagining Teacher Education to Promote Relationships of Caring and Advocacy: Finding a Way Back to Hope”, will be published in early 2020 in the Wiley Handbook on Freire, edited by Carlos A. Torres. Finally, in December 2019, she received the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association (LRA), at their annual conference in Tampa, FL.

Michael A. Olivas has retired to Santa Fe, NM, after 38+ years at the University of Houston Law Center. Adding to his list of old guy survivor awards, he was given the Distinguished Career Award by the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston. He will publish Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of The DREAM Act and DACA, hot off the press soon, by NYU Press. There will be an event at NYU Law School for the book’s Spring, 2020 release. He also organized a group of 125 immigration law professors to submit an amicus brief in favor of the DREAMers in the DACA case being decided by SCOTUS.

Laura Perna, with Edward Smith, is editor of a new volume (November 2019), Improving Research-Based Knowledge of College Promise Programs, published by the American Educational Research Association.

Alejandro Portes was elected as President of the Eastern Sociological Society for 2019-20. He was awarded the Princess of Asturias Award in Social Sciences from Spain for 2019. His most recent book, The Global Edge: Miami in the XXI Century was published by the University of California Press in the Fall of 2018.

Sean Reardon launched a new website for the Educational Opportunity Project (, which provides detailed information on educational opportunity and academic performance in every public school and school district in the U.S.

James P. Spillane has released his new book, Navigating the Principalship: Key Insights for New and Aspiring School Leaders (co-author, Rebecca Lowenhaupt), which explores the major challenges of the principal position, and offers pragmatic ways to manage the job and balance work and home life. In particular, the book examines how new principals adapt to the role, set an instructional agenda, and build cooperation and collaboration. 

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco was named a Great Immigrant / Great American by the Carnegie Corporation of New York on July 4th, 2018. 

In Jan. 2019, Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco was appointed to the Executive Council of Prope Francias Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences  

Marta Tienda has joined the board of the Urban Institute.

William G. Tierney has spent the fall in Florence, Italy at the European University Institute.  He is the Fernand Braudel Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Science and is finishing a book on higher education and democracy.

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