2015 Brock Prize Nominees

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Jaimie P. Cloud

Nominated by: Larry M. Frolich

Jaimie P. Cloud is the founder and president of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City and is a pioneer of Education for Sustainability (EfS) in the U.S.  Her contribution to education involves monitoring the evolving thinking and skills of the most important champions of sustainability, and transforming them into educational materials and a pedagogical system that inspire young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way.

John Ferguson

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John Ferguson

Nominated by:  Peter Markes

John Ferguson is the founder of the nonprofit organization, American Voices. His contribution to education pertains to using the performing arts as a vehicle to spread goodwill and educational opportunities across developing nations.  Over the past two decades his work has impacted over 120 countries. At his Youth Excellence on Stage (YES) Academies and Camp Unity initiatives, Ferguson has brought together hundreds of young artists from warring communities in nations such as Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq to foster collaboration and friendships through a shared love of music and dance.

Howard Gardner

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Howard Gardner

Nominated by:  Richard K. Miller

Dr. Howard E. Gardner is an American developmental psychologist best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, as outlined in his book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983).  Gardner's theory has perhaps had the greatest impact within the field of education, where his conceptualization of intelligence as more than a single, solitary quality has opened the doors for further research and different ways of thinking about human intelligence.

Barbara K. Given

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Barbara K. Given

Nominated by: Teresa M. Zutter

Barbara Given’s contribution to education involves the strategic understanding of learning styles, personality types, and learning disabilities. Educators in the United States and around the world have utilized her strategies. Her lifelong work on brain research pertaining to teaching and learning is the foundation for the Greater Washington Academy, the University of Rhode Island Academy, as well as academies at University of Connecticut, University of Central Florida and Pepperdine.  Her goal is to assist First Star, Inc. to implement 100 Academies nationwide within the next 10 years.

 

Jeannie Oakes

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Jeannie Oakes

Nominated by: Deirdre Johnson Burel

Jeannie Oakes has done groundbreaking work to address inequality in education while emphasizing the critical importance of civic virtues and democracy in public education reform. Her work over more than two decades outlines a path for our country as we now grapple with addressing achievement for a new majority-minority public school enrollment. She firmly believes the most effective reforms must include the voices and realities of the communities they aim to serve. Her research has supported the leadership of community-based organizations in advancing change for minority youth. 

Robert C. Pianta

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Robert C. Pianta

Nominated by:  Michelle D.  Young

Robert C. Pianta is the co-founder of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL).  Dr. Pianta's contribution to education focuses on policy and practice that enhance children's outcomes, school readiness, and later achievement. He has authored more than 250 journal articles, 50 book chapters, and 10 books, and his empirically-based research strategies have been instrumental in constructing a common understanding of what constitutes good teaching by grounding our construction in observable behaviors and expected outcomes.

Mitchel Resnick

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Mitchel Resnick

Nominee: Tina S. Ornduff

Mitch Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten program and LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at MIT Media Lab, strives to help students keep exploration alive. His contributions involve the development of new interfaces to help students engage with technology in a way that encourages creativity and innovation. Some of Resnick's projects include Scratch, which helps young users learn to code, and the Computer Clubhouse, an international network of creative afterschool programs. His work has benefited thousands of underprivileged students across the United States.