People in the News
David M. Steiner has been named the director of arts education for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mr. Steiner, 46, is an associate professor in the school of education at Boston University. Succeeding Doug Herbert, who left the federal arts endowment for a position as the special assistant to the secretary on teacher quality and arts education in the U.S. Department of Education, Mr. Steiner is taking a leave from Boston University to join the endowment this week.
David Scott Tidmarsh is the champion of the 77th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.
David, a 14-year-old 8th grader at the 700-student Edison Intermediate Center, in South Bend, Ind., outlasted 264 other students in the annual bee, held June 1-3 in Washington. He won by correctly spelling "autochthonous," which means indigenous or native.
In addition to a trophy, David won a total of $17,000 in cash, a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond, and various reference materials.
MaryEllen Vogt has been elected the president of the International Reading Association.
During her one-year term, Ms. Vogt, 59, will continue in her positions as a professor of reading education at California State University-Long Beach and as a co-director of the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading, which is based at the university’s Sacramento campus.
Succeeding Lesley Mandel Morrow, a professor and coordinator of the graduate literacy programs for Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Ms. Vogt will start her presidency July 1.
The Newark, Del.-based association provides its 80,000 members worldwide with resources aimed at improving communication and reading instruction.
—Catherine A. Carroll
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