2014 Brock Prize Nominees

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

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Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams
Nominated By: Elaine Hutchison

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams are pioneers of systematizing the Flipped Classroom, which maximizes technology to improve student engagement and self-paced learning in the teaching and learning process. Research has shown that their system significantly improves student learning, has been used in all sectors of education, and has had a positive effect on countless learning environments and students across the world.

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Eli Broad

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Eli Broad
Nominated by: Sherman Whites

Eli Broad’s idea is to promote and fund system-wide programs and policies that empower teachers, parents and students with blended learning technologies. These programs, along with the Broad Superintendents Academy and The Broad Residency in Urban Education have made an impact on over 3,500 schools, 12,000 teachers, and 1.2 million students.

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Carol Hofmeyr

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Carol Hofmeyr
Nominated by: Marie-Heleen Coetzee

Carol Hofmeyr is founder of a unique educational delivery system that integrates the arts, health care, and educational programs to reach remote, poverty-stricken and HIV-ridden regions of South Africa. In collaboration with teachers, students and community leaders, Carol’s system has helped over 20,000 villagers and teachers to acquire career and self-reliance skills as well as enhance economic development.

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Ellen Moir

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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. Since 2010, the NTC has reached approximately 64,000 new teachers and 4.4 million students. Consequently, the new educators going through her program have a 92% retention rate compared to the 52% national rate.

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P. David Pearson

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P. David Pearson
Nominated by: Sharon J. Washington

P. David Pearson is a revolutionary scholar/practitioner. As a mentor, researcher, and educator, his school-based initiatives on literacy have improved reading achievement in students throughout the world.

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Laurie Ruberg

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Laurie Ruberg
Nominated by: Robert M. Starr

NASAtalk.com was conceived, planned, prepared, and maintained by Dr. Laurie Ruberg with support from staff at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WVA in collaboration with NASA.  This concept and implementation are exemplars for the use of open source, collaborative environments for educators seeking to integrate NASA educational activities in their classrooms.  NASAtalk.com has served thousands of educators and their students over the past several years and has optimized online tools to bring teachers and together from around the world as they pursue their professional development goals.

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Franklin Schargel

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Franklin Schargel
Nominated by: Marie Sobers

Franklin Schargel’s Focus on 5 Areas of Educational Excellence (1) Dropout Prevention (2) Increasing Graduation Rates (3) Narrowing the Achievement Gap (4) Creating Safe Schools and (5) Improving School Leadership have helped over 300,000 educators across the globe in school improvement.

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Vanessa Siddle Walker

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Vanessa Siddle Walker
Nominated by: Mark A. Gooden

Vanessa Siddle Walker’s work has reshaped previous historical portraits of black segregated schools in the South and changed the way educators view and serve students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

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Keith Ballard

Jana Burk

Talia Shaull

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

Keith Ballard, Jana Burk and Talia Shaull have led important reform initiatives for Tulsa Public Schools, including an innovative, comprehensive method to systematically evaluate educator effectiveness and enhance important decision-making processes. The district’s research-based teacher evaluation system—developed collectively by Tulsa teachers, administrators and experts from inside and outside of the district—is now used in many state school systems, including over 90% of Oklahoma districts, having an estimated impact on over 36,000 teachers, 4,000 school leaders, and 500,000 students.

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