Bruce Alberts served as one of seven judges for the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development, two new education prizes of $4 million each — half of which is for the laureates’ work and half for themselves. Created by Charles Chen Yidan, cofounder of the huge Chinese technology company, Tencent, the annually awarded Yidan Prizes serve to establish a platform for spreading the winners’ educational innovations across the world. The inaugural winner in the research category was Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford; the winner for the Prize for Education Development was Vicky Colbert, a sociologist from Javeriana University in Columbia who is founder and director of the Fundacion Escuela Nueva.
Ron Avi Astor was elected as a member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Astor also published two books in October 2017: “Mapping and Monitoring Bullying and Violence: Building a Safe School Climate,” co-authored by Rami Benbenishty, and “Welcoming Practices: Creating Schools that Support Students and Families in Transition,” co-authored by Diana Pineda, Linda Jacobson, Rami Benbenishty, and Stephanie L. Wrabel. He also recently finished a third book that will be in print this summer: “Bullying, School Violence, and Climate in Evolving Contexts: Culture, Organization and Time,” co-authored by Rami Benbenishty.
James A. Banks gave a series of lectures on multicultural education at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico City, May 15 to May 16, 2017. He presented the Daxia Forum Lecture for the Humanities and Social Sciences at East China Normal University in Shanghai on September 20, 2017. His edited book, “Citizenship Education and Global Migration: Implications for Theory, Research, and Teaching,” was published by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in April 2017.
Estela Bensimon travelled to the Netherlands in November 2017 to present lectures and master classes on racial equity at Leiden University, Delft Technical University, and the National Scientific Organization (NOW).
Isabel Beck is now professor emerita at the University of Pittsburgh.
Gloria Ladson-Billings received the Robert Nisbet Award for Social Justice in Education at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Meeting at the University of Sussex, Brighton, England, in September 2017.
Henry Braun has been named the 2018 recipient of AERA Division D’s Robert L. Linn Distinguished Address Award.
Courtney B. Cazden’s “Communicative Competence, Classroom Interaction, and Educational Equity: The Selected Writings of Courtney B. Cazden” will be published by the end of 2017 by Routledge in their invited World Library of Educationalists series. The journal articles and book chapters, originally published from the mid-1960’s into the 21st century, are arranged chronologically in the three sections named in the book title. There is an unusual personal/political/professional introduction in the form of an “Intergenerational Conversation” with a multi-continental colleague, Allan Luke.
Stephen Ceci, will receive the American Psychological Associations’ G. Stanley Hall award for distinguished contributions to developmental science at APA’s August 2018 meeting in San Francisco. The highest honor in the field of developmental psychology, the award is given to an individual or research team who has made distinguished contributions to developmental psychology in research, student training and other scholarly endeavors. The award is based on the scientific merit of the individual’s work, the importance of this work for opening up new empirical or theoretical areas of developmental psychology, and the importance of the individual’s work in linking developmental psychology with issues confronting society or with other disciplines.
Michelene T.H. Chi gave a keynote address on Nov. 21, 2017, at the National University of Singapore at a conference called “Technology, Faculty Engagement and Student Learning: Expanding Mindsets and Changing Culture in Higher Education.” In April 2017, she presented the AERA Career Award address for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education (Awarded in 2016) with the talk titled, “Translating ICAP (Interactive>Constructive>Active>Passive) on Student Engagement Into Practice.” She presented at the symposium on Acquired Wisdom: Lessons Learned by Distinguished Researchers, with her talk: “Acquired Wisdom and Expertise” at AERA. Finally, she presented a keynote for the Plenary Session at the NARST annual conference with the talk titled, “Teaching Emergence: An Attempt at Differentiating Science Concepts of Processes.”
Allan Collins published a new book entitled “What’s Worth Teaching: Rethinking Curriculum in the Age of Technology.” The book takes a close look at how advances in technology, communication, and the dissemination of information are reshaping the world, and examines how schools can foster flexible, self-directed learners who will thrive in the 21st century. The concluding chapter presents a broad, new vision for how schools can be redesigned to teach the kinds of knowledge, skills, and dispositions students will need in an increasingly complex society and changing world.
Erik De Corte published a chapter on Metacognitive pedagogies in the mathematics classroom: “From Kindergarten to College and Beyond” (with Z.R. Mevarech, L. Verschaffel) in “Handbook of Self-Regulated and Performance” (Second edition edited by D.H. Schunk and J.A. Greene, Routledge 2018).
Frederick Erickson received the John J. Gumperz Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Scholarship from the Language as a Social Process Special Interest Group at the April 2017 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. In September 2017 the online journal Education Review published an invited autobiographical article in its “Acquired Wisdom” series, titled “Some Lessons Learned about Teaching, Research, and Academic Disputation.” Also in September 2017, Erickson and colleagues publicly released a website for teaching and archival purposes that shows footage from a conference on basic practices of observation and analysis in the use of video records to study face to face interaction as a learning environment. The conference, titled “Learning How to Look and Listen: Building Capacity for Social and Educational Research,” with support from the Spencer Foundation, was held at Arizona State University in November 2016. Co-investigators on the project with Erickson were Alfredo Artiles (Postdoctoral 1998) and Sherman Dorn at ASU. The website was designed and built by Benjamin Rydal Shapiro, then a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University (Ph.D. awarded November 2017), with oversight by Erickson and with advice from Sherman Dorn at ASU and Rogers Hall at Vanderbilt. The website URL is http://learninghowtolookandlisten.com.
Gene V. Glass delivered the keynote address to assembled 1,200 members at the Annual Meeting of the Indiana School Boards Association on October 2, 2017, in Indianapolis. His speech was entitled, “Public Schools: The Right Choice; Private Schools: The Right’s Choice.”
Thomas L. Good and Alyson Lavigne have revised the text, “Looking in Classrooms.” It will be published in December 2017 with a 2018 copy date. This is the 11th edition of the book and the previous 10 editions were written with the late Jere Brophy.
John T. Guthrie received the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from the International Literacy Association in July 2017. This honor is awarded to individuals who have made lifetime contributions to research, theory, practice, and policy in literacy and reading. In addition to working as Research Director for the International Literacy Association from 1974-1984, then International Reading Association, John has travelled to more than 35 countries conducting research and providing professional service and policy guidance for literacy development.
Shirley Brice Heath was recognized for her lifetime of research on literacy advancement through arts performance and production by the Literacy Research Association at its 2017 annual meeting. A special session at the 2017 American Anthropological Association meeting was also dedicated to Shirley’s research and influence on the study of voluntary specialization learning by indigenous populations. Seven scholars whose research spans the world presented current indigenous studies bearing Shirley’s influence on exploring creative and adaptive learning under conditions of deprivation, stress, and isolation.
Robert Hauser began a new appointment as Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society. The APS was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743 and is the nation’s oldest learned society. Its activities include biannual meetings in November and April, a research library whose major holdings are in early American history, Native American languages and anthropology, and the history of science, technology, and medicine; a museum that produces annual exhibitions that draw more than 100,000 visitors; the nation’s oldest continuously published scholarly journal (Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society); and a research grant and fellowship program that makes more than 200 competitive awards annually. In November 2017, he delivered the lead talk, “What’s Wrong with American Schools,” at the meetings of the American Philosophical Society.
Jack Jennings has published four blogs for the Huffington Post since May 2017: “Tolerance and Respect: Victims of Politics”; “A Reminder”; “Hope from the Young”; and “How to Help the Rich, Harm the Schools, and Reap Political Revenge.” In May he presented his paper, “Why Continue an Old Assessment?”, at a meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board which commissioned the project. In November 2017, he presented to and led a discussion on school improvement at the Fall Retreat of the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland. Jennings also wrote an Epilogue for his book, “Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools” (Harvard Education Press: 2015). That chapter brings up to date the history of federal aid to education which is presented in the book. The updating was necessary because the Japanese translation of “Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools” will be published in mid-2018 by Harvard University and the University of Tokyo. That book was also the source used for two topics chosen for high school debates around the United States during the school year 2017-18. School finance and the inclusion in regular classrooms of children with disabilities as presented in the book are those topics with 24 others selected by the National Federation of High School Associations.
David Kaplan will be spending summer 2018 as Visiting Professor at the University of Bamberg, Germany. This professorship is a joint offer of the Chair of Statistics and Econometrics, the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, and the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories.
David Klahr received a 3 year, $1.4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to construct an intelligent tutor to assist middle school children in creating science fair projects. The work is a continuation of three prior IES grants, used for initial development and assessment of the basic tutor. In addition, Klahr served on a planning panel for the McDonnell Foundation’s new “Teachers as Learners” grant program, to help design the Foundation’s new initiative in investigating how teachers think and work within complex, ever-changing educational systems. He also continues to serve on the steering committee, and as a faculty member, of the Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences. The 7th of these, funded in part by the McDonnell Foundation, will be held for a week in June, 2018, near Santiago, Chile. In November, Klahr also participated in a small meeting on “Unlearning” funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Institute, and hosted by the Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California.
Michael Kirst published “Higher Education and Silicon Valley: Connected but Conflicted” with Richard Scott through Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017. This is his second book on higher education in three years, following up on “Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education,” published by Stanford University Press in 2015. Kirst will continue as President of the California State Board of Education for his 15th year in 2018, including seven years from 1975 to 1983.
Dan Koretz published “The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better” (University of Chicago Press) in August, 2017. Written for educators and other lay audiences, Charade compares the documented positive and negative effects of test-based accountability in the U.S. and concludes that on balance, it has failed. The most important positive effect is the improvement in the mathematics performance of younger children, although the book argues that this is not as positive as commonly thought. The book argues that this is greatly outweighed by the harms high-stakes testing has produced, including pervasive undesirable test preparation, score inflation that sometimes affects disadvantaged students more than others, widespread cheating, and a corruption of the notion of good teaching. The book offers both principles and concrete suggestions for alternative approaches.
Marcia C. Linn was selected as an Inaugural Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Deborah Meier received an honorary doctorate from New York’s City College just one hundred years after her immigrant father received his BA from City College. She also coauthored two new books: one with Emily Gasoi entitled “These Schools Belong to You and Me” (Beacon) and the other with Matthew Knoester, titled “Beyond Testing” (Teachers College).
Elizabeth Birr Moje was recently elected to the Reading Hall of Fame. This is an independent organization that recognizes lifetime achievements in the field of reading.
Margaret Nash’s edited volume, “Women’s Higher Education in the United States: New Historical Perspectives,” was published in the fall of 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Sonia Nieto received two honorary doctorates in spring 2017, one at Rhode Island in May and the other at Ottawa University, Canada in June. In November, she received the James R. Squire Award at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English, an award for a scholar “who has had a transforming influence and made a lasting intellectual contribution to the profession.” In addition, the Sonia Nieto Diverse Educator Scholarship was established in her honor at Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Also, the third revised edition of her book, “Language, Culture, and Teaching: Critical Perspectives” (Routledge) was released in September 2017, and the 7th edition of “Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education,” with co-author Patty Bode, will be released in December 2017.
Nel Noddings’ new book, “Teaching Controversial Issues” (co-authored with daughter Laurie Brooks) has won an AESA Critics Choice Award. In addition, Noddings has several chapters and articles approved and awaiting publication. She has also given lectures at Middlebury College, Green Mountain College, and Long Island University.
Michael A. Olivas received the Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Olivas also authored an essay in Bender’s Immigration Bulletin regarding undocumented lawyers, DACA, and occupational licensing; this national study grew from an article for his Endowed Lecture, given at Valparaiso Law School, which is appearing in the Valparaiso Law Journal. He also collaborated on three recent amicus briefs with other immigration law professors: two against President Trump’s Travel Ban (4th and 9th Circuits) and a residential housing immigration case in the 4th Circuit.
Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar was recently elected to the Reading Hall of Fame. This is an independent organization that recognizes lifetime achievements in the field of reading.
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco delivered a keynote address on November 3rd, 2017, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (est. 1603), the Holy See, on the “Catastrophic Migrations of the 21st Century.” He is also a coauthor of the “Declaration Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health.”
Barbara Rogoff has received the 2017 Martin M. Chemers Award for Outstanding Research, from the Social Science Division of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Rubén G. Rumbaut completed a year as Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York in June 2017, working on a book in progress with Cynthia Feliciano tentatively entitled “Legacies of Inclusion: The Immigrant Second Generation from Adolescence to Middle Adulthood.” He presented some of the results of this 25-year-long longitudinal research as the Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture, “From Middle School to Middle Adulthood: Education and the Social Mobility of the Immigrant Second Generation in an Age of Inequality,” at the 2017 AERA meetings in San Antonio. In August 2017, he received the Julián Samora Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association’s Latina/o Sociology Section at the ASA annual meetings in Montreal. In October 2017, he gave the keynote address to the IV Coloquio Internacional del Programa de Estudios sobre Latinos en los Estados Unidos, “Socialización de Latinos en los Estados Unidos: Educación, Religión y Medios Masivos de Comunicación,” Casa de las Américas, La Habana, Cuba. He co-edited the volume “Crossings to Adulthood: How Diverse Young Americans Understand and Navigate Their Lives,” published by Brill in June 2017.
Morton Schapiro, along with Gary Saul Morson, published a book in June 2017, “Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities” (Princeton University Press).
Robert Siegler, Teresa Heinz Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, has accepted an offer to become Schiff Foundations Professor of Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, starting in September 2018. In the past six months, he also was elected to the “In Honor Of” group of the Federation of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS). In addition, a book based on talks given at a festschrift held in his honor in Aix en Provence, France in 2016 was published during this period. The book is titled “Cognitive Development from a Strategy Perspective: A Festschrift for Robert S. Siegler Lemaire,” and was published by Routledge.
Robert E. Slavin has been named the American Psychological Association’s E.L. Thorndike Career Achievement Award winner for 2017. This award is given to recognize original, scientific, empirically-based research that contributes to knowledge, theory, and practice in educational psychology.
Catherine Snow delivered the featured lecture at a Celebration of the Life and Work of NAEd member Jerome Bruner, held at Wolfson College, Oxford University, on September 16, 2017. The lecture, entitled “Disputed narratives and contested conversations: Bruner’s influence on the study of language development,” highlighted Bruner’s insistence on the role of social interaction in language learning at a time when nativist views were in the ascendancy, and his incorporation of developmental principles into the design of the ground-breaking curricular materials for “Man, A Course of Study.” Other speakers at the event noted in particular Bruner’s warm collaborative relationships with members of the Education faculty at Oxford, though he was officially associated with the Psychology Department.
James Spillane published a paper in Educational Researcher, “The dilemmas of educational reform”, with David Cohen (NAEd member) and Don Peurach. Spillane also published a paper in American Educational Research Journal titled: “School district educational infrastructure and change at scale: Teacher peer interactions and their beliefs about mathematics instruction”, with Megan Hopkins (Postdoctoral 2016) and Tracy Sweet.
Robert J. Sternberg won the Grawemeyer Award in Psychology for 2018.
William F. Tate co-sponsored the symposium, “Promising Practices in Supporting Graduate and Professional Students,” held at Washington University in St. Louis. Tate co-authored with Brittni Jones “Anonymity No More: Seeing our Neighbors in Ferguson and the Implications for Social Policy” in the Educational Researcher. He received the 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
Elliot Turiel gave a keynote address at the annual meeting, in Utrecht, Holland, of the European Association of Developmental Psychology in August 2017. Since May, he has published a journal article with co-authors M. Gingo and A.D. Roded, “Authority, autonomy, and deception: Evaluating the legitimacy of parental directives and adolescent deceit” in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, and a chapter in a book with co-author L. Nucci, “Moral development in contexts” (In A. S. Dick & U. Mueller (Eds.), “Advancing the integration of philosophy, theory, and method in developmental science: The contributions of Willis F. Overton”). Since May, he also had two co-authored Monographs accepted for publication: “Continuities and discontinuities in the development of moral judgments” (Monograph as Special Double Issue of Human Development) and “Moral reasoning about human welfare: Judging conflicts involving sacrificing and saving lives” (Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development).