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2014 Brock Prize Nominees

Keith Ballard

Jana Burk

Talia Shaull

Keith Ballard, Jana Burk, and Talia Shaull
Nominated By:  Vickie Williams

Dr. Keith Ballard has served as the superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools since 2008. During his tenure, he led the way for the district to work with the Gates Foundation on teacher and leader effectiveness–one of only 10 school districts selected in the U.S.–and has received numerous awards, including 2012 State Superintendent of the Year and 2012 Tulsa People Tulsan of the Year.


Jana Burk, the Executive Director of the TLE since 2012, has also served the District as a Senior Fellow for the TLE Office.  Prior to joining the District in 2011, she worked with Tulsa Public Schools for several years as an outside legal counsel with the law firm of Rosenstein, Fist and Ringold.  She is a former middle school teacher and has extensive experience in education planning and policy.


Talia Shaull joined TPS in 2010 and is currently TPS’ Chief Human Capital Officer after leading the District’s Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Office.  Shaull’s past experience includes extensive work with Tulsa’s Community Service Council as well as several years in profit-driven environments, both in small business and large corporate settings. Ms. Shaull is a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 40.

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams
Nominated By:  Elaine Hutchison

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams are widely regarded as pioneers in the Flipped Classroom movement in which direct instruction is moved from the group learning space to the individual learning space. Their instructional model has been adopted and adapted by thousands of teachers across the planet and has impacted countless students. Bergmann and Sams developed this method for their high school science students in rural Colorado, and it has grown into a viral, worldwide phenomena. They co-author many articles, host conferences, conduct workshops, write blogs, and have written the bestselling book: Flip Your Classroom. They recently completed their second book in which they encourage teachers to develop relationships with their students, to bolster student curiosity, and to encourage content mastery. Bergmann and Sams co-founded the Flipped Learning Network, a non-profit organization committed to helping educators leverage technology to help put students at the center of learning. Their YouTube videos have been watched more than 2.6 million times, they both serve on the advisory committee of TED-Ed, and they have individually won the Presidential Award for Excellence iOK:n Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and 2009.


Eli Broad

Eli Broad
Nominated by:  Sherman Whites

Eli Broad is a renowned business leader who built two Fortune 500 companies from the ground up over a five-decade career in business. Today, Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, are devoted to philanthropy as founders of The Broad Foundation, which they established to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science, and the arts.


The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work, and enables students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive.  The Broad Foundation’s major education initiatives include the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education, The Broad Superintendents Academy and The Broad Residency in Urban Education.


From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Broad served as a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution by appointment of the U.S. Congress and the President.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1994 was named Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the Republic of France. Mr. Broad serves on the board of the Future Generation Art Prize. He received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2007 and the David Rockefeller Award from the Museum of Modern Art in March 2009.


Mr. Broad is also a bestselling author with the publication of his first book, “The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking,” released by Wiley & Sons in May 2012.


The Broads reside in Los Angeles and have two grown sons.


Carol Hofmeyr

Carol Hofmeyr
Nominated by:  Marie-Heleen Coetzee

In 2000, fine artist and medical doctor, Carol Hofmeyr, moved to Hamburg, where extreme poverty, alcoholism, lack of self-esteem and poor health were prevalent. The Keiskamma Trust was set up in 2003–initially to teach art and to make artworks that allowed the villagers a means of self-expression–and to find ways in which local women could earn money.  The project expanded rapidly.  By 2004, a health program assisted the many local people who were HIV positive. In 2012, Carol’s innovations in the field of health education were recognized by the Royal College of Physicians, which in 2013, awarded her an honorary fellowship, and by Rhodes University, which conferred an honorary doctorate on her.


Ellen Moir

Ellen Moir
Nominated by:  Frank Hernandez

Ellen Moir is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. She is recognized as a passionate advocate for our nation’s newest teachers and for the students they teach.

Ellen founded NTC in 1998 to scale high quality teacher induction services to a national audience. NTC strengthens school communities through proven mentoring and professional development programs, online learning environments, policy advocacy, and research. NTC seeks to work in high-poverty schools in underserved communities to ensure that the nation’s low-income, minority, and English language learners–those students most often taught by inexperienced teachers–have the opportunity to receive an excellent education.

Ellen is widely recognized for her work in beginning teacher development and school reform. Ellen became a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow in 2013, an Ashoka Fellow in 2011, and is a recipient of the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Other major awards include the 2013 NewSchools Venture Fund Organization of the Year Award, 2010 Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellow, and the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. 2005 Prize in Education. Ellen has also co-authored many publications.


P. David Pearson

P. David Pearson
Nominated by:  Sharon J. Washington

P. David Pearson is a faculty member in the programs in Language and Literacy and Cognition and Development at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as Dean from 2001-2010. Current research projects include Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading–a Research and Development effort with colleagues at Lawrence Hall of Science in which reading, writing, and language are employed as tools to foster the development of knowledge and inquiry in science--and the Strategic Education Research Partnership–a collaboration between UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the SFUSD designed to embed research within the portfolio of school-based issues and priorities. Prior to coming to Berkeley in 2001, he served on the faculties of education at Michigan State, Illinois, and Minnesota.


Awards include the 1989 Oscar Causey Award (NRC) for contributions to reading research, the 1990 William S. Gray Citation of Merit (IRA) for contributions to reading research and practice, the 2005 Albert J. Harris Award (IRA) for the year's best reading disability publication, and the 2003 Alan Purves Award (NCTE) for a publication impacting practice. In 2006 the University of Minnesota honored him with the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, and in 2010 AERA gave him Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award.


He is the founding editor of the Handbook of Reading Research now in its fourth volume, he edited Reading Research Quarterly and the Review of Research in Education, and he has served on the Editorial Review Board for some 20 educational journals. Professor Pearson received his B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley, taught elementary school in California for several years, and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Reading Education at the University of Minnesota. He completed post-doctoral study at the University of Texas, Austin and Stanford University.


Laurie Ruberg

Laurie Ruberg
Nominated by:  Robert M. Starr

Laurie Ruberg, received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech. She joined the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University in 1995 as a senior instructional designer and later (2005) became associate director. She manages the NASATalk online collaborative, where she actively blogs, directs research, and leads several groups that draw diverse educational audiences. The Exploring the Environment–Global Climate Change collaborative on NASATalk bridges Ruberg’s recently completed climate science web curriculum with live discussions and science teacher-focused blogs. Teachers from 42 states and 17 countries already have registered for the six Global Climate Change problem-based learning modules completed this year as part of a NASA Global Climate Change Education project she led.


Ruberg’s extensive background in education outreach, instructional design, and program evaluation reaches across both educational and technical/professional settings. She has received national awards for her multimedia curriculum design and program evaluation efforts.


“Continuous learning is an integral part of my work in instructional design, integration of new technologies, and program evaluation,” she says. “Each project involves a partnership with teachers who are open to trying new modes of instruction and who share an interest in finding ways to enhance and improve student learning.”


Franklin Schargel

Franklin Schargel
Nominated by:  Marie Sobers

Franklin Schargel is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and educational consultant. He has presented over 200 workshops for educational, community, and business groups throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Latin America.  His workshops are designed for administrators, teachers, students, parents, business leaders, policymakers, and all those interested in building globally-competitive schools, raising graduation rates, lowering dropout rates, and narrowing the educational achievement gap.


Mr. Schargel is the author of eleven books and over 100 published articles dealing with dropout prevention, school culture, school safety, and leadership.  The U.S. Department of Education, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, NPR, PBS, the American Management Association and The New York Times have recognized Mr. Schargel’s work.


Franklin, a former school administrator successfully lowered his inner-city (NYC) school’s dropout rate, increased his school’s graduation rate, and sent 72.1 percent of the first-generation high school graduates to post-secondary school. His success has been well documented in books, newspaper and magazine articles (including Business Week, Fortune, and the New York Times), and five internationally released videos (including a Public Broadcasting Service special).


He helped develop the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in Education, functioned as a judge for the Secretary of the Air Force Quality Award and served as chair of the American Society of Quality’s Education Division.  Mr. Schargel received the Crystal Star Award from the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University for “demonstrating clear evidence of success in dropout recovery, intervention, and prevention.” In 2010, he received the “Program of the Year Award” from the International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention for “contributions to Dropout Prevention”.


Vanessa Siddle Walker

Vanessa Siddle Walker
Nominated by:  Mark A. Gooden

Vanessa Siddle Walker’s research has reshaped previous historical portraits of black segregated schools in the South. Unlike earlier accounts that focused primarily on inequalities, Walker has documented the unintended consequences of segregation by focusing on the resilience of black communities. Her seminal book, Their Highest Potential, depicted the commitment of black parents, leadership of principals and teachers, and ethos of care in the school climate. Its sequel (Hello Professor) uncovered the professional world of black educators that explains the striking similarity in beliefs and behaviors across southern black schools. The final manuscript in the trilogy (Hidden Provocateurs, Under Review) depicts black educators as passionate advocates who quietly challenged inequality and helped overturn Plessy v. Ferguson. For her revisionist historical portraits, Walker received the prestigious Grawemeyer award in Education, the Early Career Award from AERA, and 10 other national recognitions.  Her articles appear in leading scholarly journals; she has lectured widely nationally and internationally, including delivering the 9th AERA Brown lecture; and has been featured in radio broadcasts, newspapers, and a PBS special. Walker also uses her findings to contextualize contemporary educational issues, including founding the school-community TITUS project, initiating cross-disciplinary conversations (Race-ing Moral Formation), and engaging legislative and community advocacy.