2016 Brock Prize Nominees

 

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Gene Bottoms

Nominated by: Douglas Major

Gene Bottoms is the founder of High Schools That Work (HSTW), the nation’s largest and most successful high school improvement network, which emphasizes: Reform of School Accountability Systems, Improvement of Adolescent Literacy, Effective School-to-Postsecondary Pathways Resulting in More Students Earning Postsecondary Credentials and Degrees. He has provided leadership as the network has grown from its founding in 1987 as the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) State Vocational Education Consortium, with 28 high schools in 13 Southern states, to today serving more than 1,200 high schools within the 16-member SREB region and beyond. Since its inception 28 years ago, HSTW has served more than 3,000 of the nation’s high schools.

Antonia Darder

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Antonia Darder

Nominated by:  Mónica Byrne-Jiménez

Antonia Darder is a world-renowned scholar, poet, and activist. For over 30 years, her ideas on critical pedagogy, critical democracy, political economy, and education have informed scholars and activists. As a Freirian scholar, she has contributed to a critical theory of social justice leadership that fosters community engagement and public pedagogy. Her work has served to both strengthen the field of critical education and furthered efforts to alleviate human suffering around the world. Dr. Darder holds the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Leadership in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Aaron Doering

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Aaron Doering

Nominated by:  Jeni Henrickson

Aaron Doering is the director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab and a professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota. He has pioneered the concept of “adventure-learning,” which has spurred innovation in education through the merger of technology, storytelling, learner-centered pedagogy, and adventure-based narratives. Since the early 2000s, his large-scale expeditions tied to collaborative online learning environments have reached more than 15 million learners on six continents, engaging them in real time with people, places, and cultures worldwide impacted by a rapidly changing climate and way of life.

Maria Cecilia Fierro

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Cecilia Fierro

Nominated by: Charles Slater

Cecilia Fierro is a professor and researcher who has worked alongside teachers and school leaders to develop practices that address needs of marginalized children, and build democratic schools in rural and impoverished neighborhoods.  Her books have reached over 130,000 teachers in every corner of Mexico. She confronted moral issues when she found that students who had to repeat grades became invisible, neglected, and unjustly punished. In response, she founded the Latin American Network of Schools for Democracy to identify schools that were creating moral and democratic environments and designed a guide to diagnose school climate that is in use across the country.

 

Walter Massey

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Walter Massey

Nominated by: Cheryl Jessogne

A theoretical physicist, Walter E. Massey is a leading advocate for a strong national science education system. His work in this area is guided by two overarching principles: 1) science and technology are necessary to sustain the nation’s quality of life; and, 2) the public’s understanding of science and technology is a critical component of a democratic society. In parallel with these objectives, he has helped enhance the representation of women and minorities in science and technology; articulate the benefits and goals of a broad, liberal arts education; and improve student access to the arts and design at all levels for the role they play in fostering student creativity and achievement.

Sugata Mitra

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Sugata Mitra

Nominee: Natalia Arredondo

Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University. His idea of the Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) began in 1999, when his Hole in the Wall experiments revealed that given the right circumstances, children can teach each other almost anything. After being awarded the TED Prize, he built seven “Schools in the Cloud.” In 2014, Newcastle University launched SOLE Central, a research facility and a global hub for SOLE, and a “School in the Cloud” platform to connect SOLE practitioners around the world. SOLE is becoming part of mainstream education worldwide and increasing opportunities for thousands of people.

 

Nel Noddings

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Nel Noddings

Nominated by:  Michael Gunzenhauser

Nel Noddings, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University, is a former teacher, administrator, and dean; past president of the National Academy of Education, Philosophy of Education Society, and John Dewey Society, and a Laureate member of Kappa Delta Pi. She holds numerous awards, including the Medal for Distinguished Service, Teachers College Columbia; Lifetime Achievement Award (AERA); Award for Distinguished Leadership in Education, Rutgers University. In addition to 19 books, she has authored more than 200 articles and chapters on topics ranging from the ethics of care to mathematical problem solving. Her work has been translated into 12 languages and had reached a worldwide audience.

Angela Valenzuela

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Angela Valenzuela

Nominee: Noelle W. Arnold

Angela Valenzuela is the director of the University of Texas Center for Education Policy and the new director of the National Latino Education Research Agenda Project (NLERAP), which aims to create a national teacher education pipeline for Latino youth. Her book, Subtractive Schooling: U. S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring, is one of the definitive books on schooling for children in border towns and Latino students. Dr. Valenzuela’s work has broad application for curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and policy, public policy, psychology, philosophy, sociology, history, and ethnic studies.

Tony Wagner

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Tony Wagner

Nominee: Heidi Curry

Former teacher and principal, Dr. Tony Wagner is an educational theorist and activist who is engaging stakeholders to replace the antiquated status quo of factory-style schooling with “play, passion, and purpose” to develop the young innovators who can lead us into the future.  Through his roles as Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab, founder of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group, educational advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, co-founder of Educators for Social Responsibility, and best-selling author and documentarian, he has influenced a radical shift in priorities for education in the 21st century and his principles are reaching the mainstream to open vast new possibilities.