Education

Description

The goal of the Grawemeyer Award in Education is to stimulate ideas that have the potential to bring about improvement in educational practice and attainment. The winners of this award have made major contributions to the advancement of teaching and learning and in doing so, they are creating a better tomorrow for future generations.

To stimulate the dissemination, public scrutiny and implementation of ideas that have potential to bring about significant improvement in educational practice and advances in educational attainment. The award is intended not only to reward the individuals responsible, but also to draw attention to their ideas, proposals or achievements. The award is designed to recognize a specific recent achievement rather than a lifetime of accomplishment.

Prize Amount
The Grawemeyer Award in Education is accompanied by a prize of $100,000, which is presented in full during the awards ceremony.

Eligibility
Ideas eligible for nomination may have an individual author or authors. The competition does not limit the format in which the idea or achievement appears. Consideration will be given to printed books, articles appearing in scholarly journals, technological advances, software, research reports, conference presentations, or other widely and publicly disseminated forms. Consistent with the intent of H. Charles Grawemeyer, the award is not given posthumously.

History

The Grawemeyer Award in Education was the third of the four awards first established in 1988.  The first award winner was announced a year later. The purpose of the award was “to stimulate ideas that have potential to bring about significant improvement in educational practice and attainment.” The first Grawemeyer Education Award was presented in 1989 to Bertrand Schwartz of Paris, France, for his idea, “The Social and Vocational Preparation of Disadvantaged Young People and Experiments in New Qualifications.”

Initial screening of the Grawemeyer Award in Education nominees is conducted by a committee of College of Education and Human Development faculty who select three finalists for the Grawemeyer Award in Education. External reviewers then evaluate the finalists.

For the final selection committee, Charles Grawemeyer insisted that the winner be chosen by a lay committee comprised of the President of the University or designee, the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and three members of the community with some involvement in the educational enterprise. Until a year before his death in 1993, Charlie Grawemeyer sat on the final selection committee. The committee recommends the award winner to the President who forwards the recommendation to the Board of Trustees of the University. The Board of Trustees approves the final recommendation.

How to Enter

The Nomination Process
The University invites nominations from throughout the world by professional educators, educational institutions and organizations, and editors and publishers of journals, books and software. Self-nominations will not be considered.

To nominate a work, the nominator must submit the following:

  • A one-page letter of nomination identifying the specific work, idea or achievement being nominated and delineating the reasons why the entry merits the award. Please provide a complete bibliographic reference if possible.
  • A completed 2016 nomination form (pdf)

Upon receipt of a letter of nomination, the nominee(s) will be notified of nomination and sent a nominee form, which explains the award conditions. All materials submitted become the property of the University of Louisville. Each nominee then must submit the following supporting materials:

  • A signed copy of the nominee form;
  • Four copies of the work (if the work is in a language other than English, provide four copies of the English translation of the work);
  • One copy of the nominee’s curriculum vita or resume.

Restrictions
Self-nomination is not allowed. Ideas or achievements must have been presented or published in the recent past. Persons who received the Grawemeyer Award in a previous year are not eligible to receive the award a second time.

Deadline
Entries must be submitted in four copies of the nominated work and one copy of the curriculum vita or resume, along with a nominee form which includes an agreement that the material will be placed in university archives. Non-English entries must be translated. To be considered for the 2016 award, the nomination form and letter must be received by April 30, 2015, and all supporting materials for the nomination (including the signed nominee form, four copies of the work and one copy of the nominee’s curriculum vita or resume) must reach the University of Louisville by May 31, 2015.
The Review Process
Initial screening of the Grawemeyer Award in Education nominees is conducted by a committee of College of Education and Human Development faculty who select three finalists for the Grawemeyer Award in Education.  External reviewers then evaluate the finalists.

The final selection committee is comprised of the president of the university or designee, the dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and three members of the community with some involvement in the educational enterprise.  The committee recommends the award winner to the president who forwards the recommendation to the Board of Trustees of the university.  Final approval of the Grawemeyer Award winner is subject to approval by the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and the Trustees of the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.
Award Requirements

  1. The winner of the Award will be announced after December 1.  The winner will be expected to come to Louisville during the second week in April to make a formal presentation based on the winning idea, participate in informal meetings with faculty and students as requested, and to receive the Award.  The trip to Louisville is mandatory and failure to fulfill this requirement will result in forfeiture of the Award and the associated cash prize.  Any exception to this requirement must be approved by the Grawemeyer Executive Committee.
  2. Entrant agrees and accepts that, consistent with the intent of H. Charles Grawemeyer, the Award will not be given posthumously. The Entrant must be living in order to receive the Award and must participate in the Award festivities referenced above in order to receive the Award and the associated cash prize. If the nominated Work was written by multiple authors, one or more of whom is deceased, only the living authors are eligible to receive the Award and the associated cash prize. The first installment of the cash prize will be paid at the Award festivities.
  3. Entrant agrees and accepts that the cash prize associated with the Award will be paid in full at the awards ceremony. Winning the Award does not create any property rights in the cash prize for the recipient’s heirs or estate. In the event that the Award is given to multiple recipients (such as co-authors), there is only one cash prize associated with the Award and said cash prize will be divided evenly among the recipients. If a co-author dies, payment to that co-author will cease and the full amount of the remaining prize will be divided evenly between the still-living co-authors.
  4. Entrant shall participate, as appropriate, and cooperate in the production of any documentary film or other public relations or publicity matters related to the Competition, including the execution of any necessary releases and/or authorizations.
  5. Entrant hereby grants permanent permission for the University of Louisville to use the title and excerpts from the Work and any media depicting their receipt and acceptance of the Award for library and archival purposes, and for the purpose of promoting the Grawemeyer Awards and their affiliation with the University of Louisville. The term “media” is understood to include, but not be limited to, audio and visual images and/or recordings of any format which depict the Entrant’s visit to the campus[es] of the University of Louisville, the Awards presentation itself and any comments made by the Entrant as part of the campus visit[s] and the Awards festivities.
  6. All physical materials submitted become the property of the University of Louisville.

Send letters of nomination and all supporting materials to:
Christine Payne
Grawemeyer Award in Education
Woodford & Harriett Porter Building
College of Education & Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville KY 40292
USA

For packages sent by UPS, FedEx, etc.:
Grawemeyer Award in Education
University of Louisville
1905 S 1st St
Louisville KY 40208
USA

Christine M. Payne
Research and Grants Manager
Grawemeyer Award in Education
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: 502-852-2630
Fax: 502-852-0159
Email: christine.payne@louisville.edu

Previous Winners

2009 – Paul Attewell and David Lavin

Non-traditional students who attend college through open enrollment generally do well and their success carries forward to the next generation, say two scholars who have won the 2009 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education.

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2008 – Edward Zigler, Walter Gilliam and Stephanie Jones

2008 – A Vision for Universal Preschool Education

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2007 – James Comer

Leave No Child Behind: Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World

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2006 – Lee Shulman

The Wisdom of Practice: Essays on Teaching, Learning and Learning to Teach

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2005 – Elliot W. Eisner

“The Arts and the Creation of Mind”

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2003 – Deborah Brandt

“Literacy in American Lives”

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2002 – Martha Nussbaum

“Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education”

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2001 – William G. Bowen and Derek Bok

“The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions”

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2000 – Vanessa Siddle Walker

“Their Highest Potential: An African-American School Community in the Segregated South”

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1998 – L. Scott Miller

“An American Imperative: Accelerating Minority Educational Advancement”

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1997 – Mike Rose

“Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America”

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1996 – Victoria Purcell-Gates

“Other People’s Words: The Cycle of Low Literacy”

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1995 – Shirley Brice Heath and Milbrey McLaughlin

“Identity & Inner-City Youth: Beyond Ethnicity and Gender”

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1994 – John T. Bruer

“Schools for Thought: A Science of Learning in the Classroom”

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1993 – Roland Tharp and Ronald Gallimore

“Rousing Minds to Life: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in Social Context”

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1992 – Carol Gilligan

“In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development”

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1991 – Kieran Egan

“Storytelling Is Key To Early Learning,” Educator Claims

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1990 – Howard Gardner

“Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences”

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1989 – Bertrand Schwartz

Innovations in Social and Vocational Preparations for Disadvantaged Youth

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2015 Recipients

Michael Fullan (left) and Andy Hargreaves (right)

Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves

“Hargreaves and Fullan explain how teachers can thrive when they are treated with dignity and given freedom to exercise professional judgment together,” said award director Melissa Evans-Andris. “They also show how undue emphasis on teacher accountability has subverted the profession by pitting teachers and schools against each other and stealing the joy of teaching.”

Professional Capital,” published by Teachers College Press in 2012, won awards earlier this year from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and International Leadership Association.

Hargreaves holds the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. Fullan is professor emeritus at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Both advise Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on education issues.

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Video Interviews with Past Recipients

Let Teachers Learn from their Peers and Decide Things as a Team
2015 Education Recipients Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan

Improving Public Education by Addressing the Needs of Impoverished Children
2014 Education Recipient Diane Ravitch

Successful Public School Reform
2013 Education Recipient Pasi Sahlberg

Schooling Equality
2012 Education Recipient Linda Darling-Hammond

What Intelligence Tests Miss
2010 Education Recipient Keith Stanovich

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