Category: Education

2007 – James Comer

Education works best when parents, teachers, other school employees and the community pull together to make it happen, says the winner of the 2007 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Education. Federal law mandates instruction for all children but overlooks the need to help them become successful adults, James Comer, a Yale University child psychiatry […]

2006 – Lee Shulman

UPDATE Samuel C. Stringfield, Director of the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, hosted an official Presidential Session and Reception at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco, CA, on April 8th, 2006. This groundbreaking inaugural session featured Elliot Eisner, 2005 Winner, and Lee S. Shulman, 2006 Winner of […]

2005 – Elliot W. Eisner

School districts around the nation are struggling to decide whether or not to continue funding arts education programs. Educator Elliot W. Eisner states that there really is no choice; cutting those programs will significantly hinder student development. In his book “The Arts and the Creation of Mind,” Eisner states that including the arts in the […]

2003 – Deborah Brandt

A Midwestern professor’s look at life, learning and literacy earned her one of the largest awards in the field of education. Deborah Brandt, an English professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, won the $200,000 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education for 2003 for her book “Literacy in American Lives.” “Literacy in American Lives” explains […]

2002 – Martha Nussbaum

Like no other time in history, Americans need to understand and empathize with persons of different cultures. In her book “Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education,” educator Martha Nussbaum supports an approach to liberal education she contends would make students “citizens of the world” who can think critically for themselves while […]

2001 – William G. Bowen and Derek Bok

The unprecedented study by Bowen, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Bok, former president of Harvard University, has earned the 2001 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education. The $200,000 award is one of the largest in the field of education. Bowen has directed that his share of the award be given to […]

2000 – Vanessa Siddle Walker

Vanessa Siddle Walker brings personal experience and professional expertise to her book “Their Highest Potential: An African American School Community in the Segregated South.” The book was published in 1996 by University of North Carolina Press. A product of the community described in her book, she went on to a distinguished college career. She earned […]

1998 – L. Scott Miller

L. Scott Miller lays out a plan to bridge the chasm in his 1995 book “An American Imperative: Accelerating Minority Educational Advancement.” The ideas presented in the book have earned for Miller the 1998 Award. In “An American Imperative,” Miller examines the differences between majority and minority achievement and shows they are due to environmental […]

1997 – Mike Rose

Societal respect for and confidence in American public education may be at an all-time low. Yet remarkable things are happening in classrooms across the nation. In his book “Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America,” Mike Rose focuses on the positive things going on in these classrooms and, through them, offers hope for […]

1996 – Victoria Purcell-Gates

Understanding that some cultures within society have little use for accepted ideas of literacy is the key to improving learning for children from those groups, says Harvard University professor Victoria Purcell-Gates, winner of the 1996 award. Purcell-Gates explores in her book “Other People’s Words: The Cycle of Low Literacy,” how nonliterate cultures adapt to life […]