Carol Lee


Member Since: 2007

Carol D. Lee is the Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy in the Learning Sciences Program at Northwestern University. She is the immediate past president of the American Educational Research Association (April, 2009-May, 2010), AERA’s representative to the World Educational Research Association, a member of the National Academy of Education, past President and Fellow of the National Conference of Research on Language and Literacy, former Vice President of Division G of the American Educational Research Association, a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association, the Walder Award for Research Excellence at Northwestern University, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Illinois-Urbana, The President’s Pacesetters Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Professor Lee is the author of three books including the most recent Culture, Literacy and Learning: Taking Bloom in the Midst of the Whirlwind and co-editor of Vygotskian Perspectives on Literacy Research, along with numerous other scholarly publications. Her research focuses on ecological influences on learning and development, including the Cultural Modeling Framework for the design of instruction that scaffolds knowledge constructed from youth’s everyday experience to support discipline specific learning. She is a co-founder of four schools in Chicago spanning a 38 year history, including three charter schools, serving as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Betty Shabazz International Charter Schools.

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