Sharon K. Darling
President and Founder, National Center for Family Literacy
Nominated By: William F. Goodling
“Ms. Darling is a revolutionary because she provided that the education attainment of a child is directly linked to the educational accomplishments of the child’s parent. Determined to spread this concept and finding for the benefit of families in poverty, she has founded a training system and model development approach that has reached every community in the nation. She has been instrumental in helping the nation understand that we cannot end the cycle of undereducation by working with children alone-at risk children simply must have knowledgeable parents if we are to leave no child behind.” – William F. Goodling
Professor and Director, Higher Education Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
Nominated By: Shaun Harper
Dr. Hurtado has made significant contributions to the educational benefits associated with diversity and cross-cultural engagement on college and university campuses, which affected the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Affirmative Action cases at the University of Michigan. She has coordinated several national research projects, including a U.S. Department of Education sponsored study on how colleges are preparing students to achieve cognitive, social, and democratic skills requisite for participation in a diverse democracy.
Director and Co-Founder, Metropolitan Regional and Career Technical Center
Co-Director and Co-Founder, The Big Picture Company
Nominated By: Robert Burkhardt
As a community organizer, education reformer and principal of three innovative schools, Dr. Littky has spent the last thirty years working to fundamentally change and improve American public education. At the local and national levels, he has helped to launch a movement to educate “one student at a time.” Littky’s educational philosophy begins with asking “what is best for kids?” and designing small school environments that exemplify the answer. With personalized learning plans, true family engagement, authentic projects in real-world settings, and portfolio-based assessments, Littky and the Met have seen 98% of its graduates accepted to college.
Ruby K. Payne
President and Founder, aha! Process, Inc.
Nominated By: Tony Harduar
An expert on poverty and mind sets of economic classes, Dr. Payne has been sharing her insights about the culture of poverty since 1994, providing how-to strategies to help educators and other professionals work effectively with children and adults from that culture. Having trained tens of thousands of professionals, her mission is to positively impact the education and lives of individuals in poverty throughout the world.
Chairman and Founder, Center for Performance Assessment
Nominated By: Debbie Arato
The Center for Performance Assessment is an international organization dedicated to improving student achievement and education equity. Through the Center’s long-term relationships with school systems, Dr. Reeves helps educators and school leaders to improve student achievement through practical and constructive approaches to standards, assessment, and accountability. Beyond his work in large-scale assessment and research, Dr. Reeves has devoted many years to classroom teaching with students ranging from elementary school to doctoral candidates.
Richard W. Riley
Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Former Governor of South Carolina
Nominated By: Cynthia Rudrud
As Governor, Secretary Riley won national recognition for his efforts to improve education in South Carolina. As Secretary, he moved American education towards higher academic standards, improved instruction for the disadvantaged, helped more Americans go to college with expanded loan programs and better prepared young people for the world of work. He created the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, which today includes more than 8,000 groups. Secretary Riley was the first Secretary of Education to emphasize the importance of International Education, coordinating international partnerships around the world.
Robert E. Slavin
Director, Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education, John Hopkins University
Chairman, Board of Directors, Success for All Foundation
Nominated By: Charles Read
Robert Slavin is the co-founder of Success for All, a widely evaluated comprehensive school reform model for high-poverty elementary and middle schools used in 47 states and four countries. Dr. Slavin is also known for his research on cooperative learning, school organization, and programs for English language learners, and is an advocate for evidence-based policy reforms.
Developer of READ RIGHT® Methodology
Co-Founder, READ RIGHT® Systems, Inc.
Nominated By: Melinda Reeves
For more than twenty years, Dee Tadlock has assisted more than 20,000 children, teens, and adults eliminate their reading problems through her READ RIGHT® system. This methodology that came about through extensive investigation of linguistics, language acquisition theory, information theory, communication theory, cognitive psychology, neurobiology, and neruopsychology. The results provide us with a view of what the brain has to do to produce excellent reading ability every time reading is attempted.
Professor of Psychology, Director of the Clinical Science Program and Psychology Clinic, and Research Scholar, Institute for Human Development, University of California, Berkeley
Nominated By: Genaro Padilla
Dr. Weinstein is one of the nation’s leading scholars on the negative self-fulfilling prophecies that mute childhood development within the complex of low social expectations in many of our schools. Guided by her extensive field research, she is a major proponent of school restructuring that values the voices of children and their families, as well as teachers and administrators in setting higher expectations for all students. Professor Weinstein has an outstanding record of bringing University expertise to schools and communities who are most often forgotten and overlooked.