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John W. Tippeconnic III, a professor of education at Pennsylvania State University, has received the 1996 Educator of the Year Award from the National Indian Education Association.

The award recognizes commitment to excellence in learning and outstanding service to American Indian education.

Mr. Tippeconnic, a Cherokee, was honored for his 30 years of service and leadership in Indian education. He has directed federal Indian-education programs in both the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Education.

Archie E. Lapointe, the former director of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, has moved to California to head a new center for educational assessment at the American Institutes for Research in Palo Alto.

Mr. Lapointe has administered NAEP for the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, N.J., since 1982. In his new position, he will help the nonprofit AIR assist states and local school systems in assessing the achievement of K-12 students. He will also explore opportunities for providing education-assessment services overseas.

The institutes have conducted research and analysis in the behavioral and social sciences since 1946. ... Jeanne E. Griffith has left her position as the acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics to become the director of the division of science-resources studies at the National Science Foundation, based in Arlington, Va.

The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education has named Brenda Durham its 1996 KIND Teacher of the Year. Ms. Durham is a 5th grade teacher at Stephen Foster Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Each year, the East Haddam, Conn.-based association honors an elementary school educator who effectively incorporates humane and environmental education into his or her curriculum. KIND News, a monthly classroom newspaper that teaches elementary students about the environment, also sponsors the award. Ms. Durham was honored for engaging her students in activities such as creating wildlife habitats and reducing litter on school grounds.


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