Category: Education

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 […]

1995 – Shirley Brice Heath and Milbrey McLaughlin

In many inner-city areas, schools and other institutions have failed to prepare students to become effective members of society. The grassroots efforts that have sprung up to help those students offer lessons that could help save many of our most vulnerable children, say the winners of the 1995 award. Stanford University professors Shirley Brice Heath […]

1994 – John T. Bruer

Identifying the need to improve the American education system isn’t enough; schools need strategies to battle their students’ poor performance. And those strategies must include an examination of cognitive learning. In his book “Schools for Thought: A Science of Learning in the Classroom,” John T. Bruer lays out strategies for improving student achievement. Those ideas […]

1993 – Roland Tharp and Ronald Gallimore

Two California professors who advocate changing the educational environment to improve learning won the 1993 award. Roland Tharp and Ronald Gallimore describe in their 1988 book, “Rousing Minds to Life: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in Social Context,” a comprehensive approach to retooling education. Tharp and Gallimore suggest three keys to educational development — activity, context […]


1992 – Carol Gilligan

By listening to the way children and teen-agers speak about themselves and their lives, Carol Gilligan changed the way educators think about adolescent development and education. That research, revealed in her book “In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development,” led to Gilligan’s selection as winner of the 1992 award. In the book, Gilligan […]

1991 – Kieran Egan

“Teachers of young children need to be, above all, storytellers.” That idea, espoused in Kieran Egan’s book, “Primary Understanding: Education in Early Childhood,” has earned the Canadian author the 1991 award. Kieran Egan, a professor of education at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, identifies four sequential stages of human understanding: the Mythic, the […]

1990 – Howard Gardner

Everyone has at least seven intelligences, most of which are overlooked by standard IQ tests. That’s the theory advanced by Howard Gardner, an educational psychologist at Harvard University who has won the 1990 award. In his 1983 book, “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” Gardner distinguishes seven kinds of human intelligence: linguistic, musical, […]