Dec 27, 2016 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

Every year, we stop and reflect on what has transpired this past year and wish to pay homage and respect to a great many individuals who have contributed much to education and society.

  1. Ben Carson– Dr. Ben Carson is a physician, former candidate for president, as well as a scholar and a gentlemen, and he has shown America the potentialities and possibilities that America offers. His rise to prominence has not as yet abeted as he is still being considered for various cabinet posts to assist this country which has given him so much. His bearing during the Presidential debates left many quite impressed with his quiet dignity, and his refusal to engage in name calling, and mud slinging.  He is an inspiration to many.

2. Elie Wiesel– This award is given posthumously as Elie recently died this past year. He has left a legacy of books, a record of scholarship and has impacted and influenced many with his writings about the Holocaust- an event which should be remembered by all. His books have inspired others and deepened our understanding of the world of World War II and what millions suffered through during that time, and the impact that it has left on millions of people even today.

3. Jennifer Buckingham –Jennifer Buckingham is Education Research Fellow & Head of ‘FIVE from FIVE’ Literacy Project. Her expertise is in schools policy, school funding, school choice, literacy, NAPLAN, and teacher quality. Her main area of work is school education, and she has published papers on school choice, school funding, literacy, international assessments (including PISA), NAPLAN and My School, religious schools, boys’ education, teacher training and employment, class size, and educational disadvantage. She currently heading up the CIS FIVE from FIVE Literacy Project which has the aim to have effective reading taught in every classroom, every day.  She is the author of the numerous reports including Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education (2015), School Funding on a Budget (2014), Why Jaydon Can’t Read (2014), Religious Schools in Australia (2010), Schools of Thought: A Collection of Articles on Education (2009), Families, Freedom and Education (2001) and Boy Troubles (2000), among others.  Jennifer has also written about child care, female labor force participation, and NSW trains. Jennifer’s doctoral research was on literacy and social disadvantage.  Jennifer has been at the forefront of debate on education matters for more than a decade, with hundreds of articles in major newspapers and regular radio appearances. Her future work at CIS will continue to focus on school choice and funding, accountability for student performance, and effective instruction. For more information about FIVE from FIVE, visit the website at www.fivefromfive.org.au.

4. Deborah Confredo of Temple University (formerly Sheldon) is Professor Music Education and Director of Graduate Programs for Music Education at the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Confredo’s specialties include instrumental rehearsal techniques and teaching methods, assessment, research, music psychology, cognitive-behavioral techniques, conducting, wind band literature, and systematic observation. Confredo has taught elementary and secondary instrumental music in Pennsylvania and New York. Her numerous articles in music education, pedagogy, and research are published in journals such as the Journal for Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (CRME), Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal for Music Teacher Education, Journal of Music Therapy, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, The Instrumentalist, and Contributions to Music Education, as well as in several state music education journals. A past editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Confredo has also served multiple terms as an editorial board member for that journal as well as the Journal of Research in Music Education, as is currently an editorial board member for Education.

She has co-authored the texts “The Complete Woodwind Instructor: A Guidebook for the Music Educator and Lessons in Performance” (FJH), and is editor of Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks, and Chorales and Rhythmic Etudes for Superior Bands. She is an instrumental editor, arranger, author, and consultant for the FJH Music Company and lead author for the FJH publication Measures of Success, a band method for beginning and intermediate instrumentalists. She is founder of the Temple Night Owls Campus/Community Band. Confredo is in demand as clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, and lecturer. Tau Beta Sigma and the Illinois Music Educators Association have honored her for her distinguished service to music and music education. Mansfield University has recognized her as a distinguished alumnus. At home in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, Confredo plays saxophones and keyboards in the four-member jazz fusion band, West River Drive.   Taken from : https://www.temple.edu/boyer/about/people/deborahsheldon.asp

5. Dr Hani Q. Khoury, Professor and Coordinator of Mathematics, Penfield College, Mercer University.

Hani Khoury was born of a Christian Palestinian family in Israel. Found to be suffering as a boy from muscular dystrophy, he is now fully paraplegic. Despite this immense handicap, he has become a full professor of mathematics, sharing a powerful belief in the fundamental value of mathematics with his student teachers.  “Mathematics,” he explains, “teaches analytical and critical thinking, and also being honest with ourselves and others. Poor mathematics teaching is very likely to cause a decline in democratic thinking and a fracturing society.” These are the ideals he communicates to his student teachers: to make America great again.

6. Professor Theodore Zeldin was a founding fellow then Dean of St Antony’s College in Oxford, once believed, entirely mistakenly, to be the alma mater of most British spies. In his eighties he still continuously busy as a most unusual educationalist on global scale. His particular interest is conflict resolution.

He believes that teaching young people to converse, courteously, intelligently, and always with honest respect for differing opinions, is the necessary basis of civilisation. He follows the belief of the Scottish skeptical philosopher David Hume that “Truth springs from argument between friends” in proposing that young people who have learnt to converse critically and civilly will become the civic and even national leaders of the future who will be more able to resolve conflicts peacefully than through war. To this end, he has organised ‘conversation’, small and large, for governments and major companies, all over the world.

7. Anna Ulrich was an advocate for reading, and spent years of her life contributing to literacy and assisting teachers and reading specialists with the pedagogy of reading. She was involved with the New Mexico Journal of Reading and the many conferences that were put on by that organization. She served as Editor and Editorial Board member of the New Mexico Journal of Reading and spent weeks involved with the editorial process. Anna died, unfortunately, all too soon, but her work lives on and her memory lives on. She has contributed extensively to literacy, reading and the remediation and encouragement of reading.

8. Stephen Colbert is basically known as a talk show host and comedian, but unknown to many, last year, he apparently funded all teacher requested grants in the State of South Carolina. He contributes to Autism Speaks and various other charities. He has been particularly helpful to his home state of South Carolina.   See the link for more information about his contributions to education in South Carolina .  http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/05/08/newday-good-stuff-stephen-colbert-surprise.cnn

9. The Unknown Teacher—–Just as we revere the “unknown soldier”, there are many, many teachers who go without any recognition at all. Like Horace in Ted Sizer’s books, this unknown teacher is the first to arrive at their school, and the last one to leave at the end of the day. This is the teacher that brews the coffee in the morning before the others arrive, and on occasion, brings donuts or fresh fruit. This is the teacher who always seems to have extra pencils and pens and some spare paper hidden away for an emergency. This is the teacher who grades papers and provides feedback to students, often wondering if his or her comments go unread. This is the teacher who “goes the extra mile” to attend an IEP on a Saturday morning and makes sure to sign all of the necessary documents. This is the teacher who could have retired a few years ago- but realizes that they still have skills, energy and devotion to their craft. This is the teacher who is the first to volunteer with a cheerful grin, knowing that he or she is trustworthy and will follow through.  Everyone knows that he or she is the best teacher in the school- but there is never an award for this teacher- although every parent wants their child in his or her class. This is the teacher who somehow finds time to write a grant for a new piece of equipment or an extra ipod or ipad or whatever the latest technology seems to be.  These unsung heroes know who they are and deserve a good deal of recognition. They are probably part of those “deplorables and despicables” that someone ranted about, but who work day in and day out to educate our children. AND, this teacher often coaches and volunteers and is active in their local place of worship.

10. Chelonnda Seroyer, M.Ed. Helped a turn around a school in an impoverished area of Detroit by conducting school-wide and individual classroom observations and providing ongoing and sustained support.
• Assisted with the creation and expansion of CARE Closet, placing food pantries in high schools across the country and raising over 30K in funding in less than 1 year.• Worked with new teacher programs such as:
National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Pre-Service Teacher Institute, Miami-Dade County School District’s Summer In-service program, Texas Teachers Alternative Certification Program
• Worked one-on-one with teachers via individual classroom observations and debrief conferences as well as Skype sessions, phone calls, emails, etc. to provide them with personalized assistance.
• Presented for organizations such as (but not limited to):
o Kean University and the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NJ/ASCD)
o Texas Teachers Alternative Certification Program,
o North Carolina Model Teacher Education Consortium,
o Dr. Bill Daggett’s International Center for Leadership in Education’s Model Schools Conferences.
o Louisiana State University: Effective Teacher Conference
o Missouri State ACTE Conference
o Hong Kong Effective Teachers Conference
o New Jersey City University’s Capstone Conference

11. Dr. Wafa Hozien was a public school educator for over 20 years. Presently she is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University where she teaches graduate students in the Principal/Superintendent preparation programs. Non-discrimination and equality are key principles that Dr. Hozien applies to education in all of her courses where she presently teaches at Central Michigan University.

Dr. Hozien recognizes the infusion of diversity throughout all components of a school, college, or department of education as critical component to quality educator preparation and professional development. Specifically, the incorporation of issues related to culture, language, demographics, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and exceptionalities in the education process are valued by Dr. Hozien as integral and important.

Dr. Hozien has published numerous articles and publications on diversity issues in education. To help reduce inequities in education, Dr. Hozien makes herself available by educating through interactive workshops at schools, community organizations and campus lectures on cultural competency. She has been researching the experiences of adolescent Muslim girls public schooling experiences.  In the Multicultural Education context, she has published and presented at workshops and conferences on minority student experiences. She specifically has taken a group of minority doctoral students to Ireland to conduct a comparative research study on the schools in Ireland and the United States. Dr. Hozien publishes about African American school principals and their leadership styles.  Dr. Hozien has provides compelling stories that raise questions, advance understandings, and promote insight into the challenges and hopes of teaching for diversity and democracy. Dr. Hozien’s writing contains compelling stories that her participants tell and, as such, there is value in their presence. The reader can glean important lessons with respect to multicultural education and the value of education research and narrative inquiry as academic disciplines. The studies Dr. Hozien conducts focus on the lives of students, teachers, parents, and communities, highlighting experiences seldom discussed in the literature. This is included this book chapter about educating minority adolescent girls and in her forthcoming book entitled, “Educating Hijabi [Headscarf] America” presently under review. Dr. Hozien’s most recent book is entitled:  School Leaders Licensure Assessment: Success Strategies. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, December, 2016.

12. Delia Stafford, President & CEO of The Haberman Educational Foundation, Inc, has been recognized by Elite American Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in developing educational programs for impoverished and at-risk youth.

We want to complete the list with two previous winners Cathy Rubin for her continual work on world-wide educational issues. Also, Tom Watkins for his work with mental health and educational issues.

Previous Upton Sinclair Award Winners:

2005: Gerald Bracey, Nicholas Colangelo, Elaine Garan, Martin Haberman, Jonathan Kozol, Peter and Pam Wright, Reid Lyon;

2006: John Stossel, Jan and Bob Davidson, Peyton Wolcott, Fred Baughman, M.D., Will Fitzhugh, Joel Turtel, Bernard Gassaway, Ned Davis, Her Highness Sheikah Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, “All the Children of the World”;

2007: Sean Hannity, Don Meyer, Ron Clark, Frank Wang, Harry and Rosemary Wong, Tracey McGrady, Dr. Eldo W. Bergman, Queen Rania of Jordan, Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, Ph.D., G. Gbaanador, MD, FACS, FICS, Bill Cecil,  Here’s to the Upton School Principals of America;

2008: Harold V. House, Kathleen Chamberlain, Dee Alpert, Kevin Donnelly, Dona Matthews, Ph.D., Aisha Ussery, Collin Hannaford, Andrew Rotherham, Jim Zellmer., JoAnn Collins;

2009: E.D. Hirsch, Jay Mathews, John Goodlad, Billy Reagan, Geoffrey Canada, Frerick Hess Jay Hartling;

2010: Tom Watkins, Marlena Vaughn, Susan Ohanian, Dr. Marion Blank, Neal McCluskey, Ernest Boyer (Posthumously), Mr. Pierre Fignole, Chris Woodhead, Diane Ravitch, Ph.D.

2011: C. M. Rubin, Tavis Smiley, Joe Nathan, Ann Thompson, James Webb, Kiernan Egan, Professor Hani Q. Khoury

2012: Sandy Hook Elementary School of Newtown, CT , individuals, who gave their lives for their pupils and in the service of education individuals, who gave their lives for their pupils and in the service of education. First responders for their courage and on-going assistance in the little town where Sandy Hook Elementary School of Newtown, CT , took a worldwide human race to its knees. Bless Be the Tie That Binds Our Hearts.

2013: Donna Garner, William Korach, Alan Singer, Bror Saxberg, Rick Hess, Paul Horton, Antoinette Tuff, Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D., Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson

2014: Terry Grier, Paul E. Peterson, First Lady Barbara Bush, Yong Zhao, Christopher Arnold and Tracey Baker, Karen Nave, James Webb, Alice Linahan, Robert Nasson

2015: Dr. Kevin Donnelly, Robert Pondiscio, George Leef, Monty Neill, Bob Schaeffer, Lisa Guisbond, David Mirabella, Michael Petrilli, Peter Greene, Jennifer Waddell, PhD, Gus Jacob, Michael Harris, Lynn Wade, Nicholas D. Hartlep, Alan Hooker

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