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Anne L. Bryant, the executive director of the American Association of University Women, will leave the organization to assume the same title at the National School Boards Association.

The NSBA said last week that Ms. Bryant will replace Thomas A. Shannon, who is retiring. Ms. Bryant has been with the Washington-based AAUW since 1986. Ms. Bryant will begin her new job on July 15.

Mr. Shannon, 64, has been the president of the school boards' association for 19 years. He will remain as a consultant to the Alexandria, Va.-based organization until next January.

"We are extremely pleased that she agreed to take the position," said Roberta G. Doering, the NSBA president and a school board member in Agawam, Mass.

Under Ms. Bryant's leadership, the AAUW has gained new visibility--and stirred controversy--as a champion of gender equity in K-12 schools. (See Education Week, Sept. 28, 1994.)

David Mallory has won the 1996 Klingenstein Award. Mr. Mallory, the director of professional development for the Washington-based National Association of Independent Schools, received the award last month. Each year the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City, honors an individual for distinguished leadership in education. ... For her fight to keep the works of Mark Twain in classrooms, Jocelyn Chadwick-Joshua will receive the 1996 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in the education category. The award is presented by the Chicago-based Playboy Foundation. In 1990, Ms. Chadwick-Joshua, an assistant professor of English at the University of North Texas, found herself at the center of a controversy in the Plano, Texas, school district. Parents had objected to the inclusion of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in the curriculum because of its pervasive use of the word "nigger." Ms. Chadwick-Joshua, who is African-American, defended the novel as an important tool for learning about racism and slavery. The school board ultimately refused to remove the novel from its curriculum.

Ms. Chadwick-Joshua is currently an associate director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, where she instructs teachers on the use of Twain in fighting racism.

--Adrienne D. Coles
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Vol. 15, Issue 28

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