Assistant Principal of the Year
The National Association of Secondary School Principals, a Reston, Va.-based nonprofit membership organization for school principals that also administers the National Honor Society, has awarded Hilca Thomas, an assistant principal at Howard A. Doolin Middle School in Miami with the 2008 National Assistant Principal of the Year award. In recognition of her efforts to improve science and math education and test scores in her school, Ms. Thomas will receive a $5,000 award to be used for professional development or for her school.
Educational Research Awards
The Washington-based American Educational Research Association, a national education research organization, has awarded David Wolcott Johnson, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award, in recognition of his research on conflict resolution and cooperative learning. In addition, 13 other researchers received honors across seven categories. The awards and recipients include the following:
Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award: Geoffrey D. Borman, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Robert E. Slavin, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Alan C.K. Cheung, Hong Kong Institute of Education; Anne M. Chamberlain and Nancy A. Madden, Success for All Foundation, Baltimore; Bette Chambers, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
E.F. Lindquist Award: Wendy M. Yen, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, N.J.
Early Career Award: Andrew J. Martin, University of Sydney, Australia.
Outstanding Book Award: C.J. Pascoe, University of California-Berkeley.
Social Justice in Education Award: Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Distinguished Public Service Award: Bruce Alberts, University of California-San Francisco.
Tech Savvy Awards
The Verizon Foundation, the Basking Ridge, N.J.-based philanthropic division of Verizon Communications Inc., has awarded the $25,000 grand prize for the 2008 Verizon Tech Savvy Award to The Boston Digital Bridge Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides technology instruction to underserved communities in the Boston area.
Four other recipients received a prize of $5,000 each. They include: Prima Community College Foundation, Tuscon, Ariz.; Santa Barbara Partners in Education, Santa Barbara, Calif.; National Institute on Media and Family, Minneapolis; The Computers for Youth Foundation, New York City.