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In New York City last week, three educational leaders received the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education, which is presented by the chairman emeritus and the president of the McGraw-Hill Cos. to individuals committed to improving education.

The recipients were Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. of North Carolina, Gerry House, the superintendent of the Memphis, Tenn., public schools, and John I. Goodlad, a co-director of the Center for Educational Renewal, based at the University of Washington, and the president of the Institute for Educational Inquiry, a nonprofit agency that advances training for K-12 educators and administrators.

Gov. James B. Hunt Jr.

Gerry House

John I. Goodlad

Gov. Hunt, 62, is known for pioneering Smart Start, a nationally recognized early-childhood program that prepares children to enter school healthy and ready to learn. He also volunteers weekly in the Raleigh, N.C., schools.

As the superintendent of the 20th-largest school system in the nation, Ms. House, 52, raised academic standards in her district and worked to stem violence and the dropout rate.

Mr. Goodlad, 79, has written 25 books and 250 articles that have led to experiments in pedagogy and school partnerships and revamped curricula in the nation's schools of education.

Vanessa Siddle Walker won the 2000 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education last week for her book The Highest Potential: An African-American School Community in the Segregated South.

The $200,000 award honors outstanding works and ideas that could lead to improvements in education. Ms. Walker, 41, is an associate professor in the division of educational studies at Emory University in Atlanta.

Meghan Mullan

Vol. 19, Issue 15, Page 2

Published in Print: December 8, 1999, as People in the News

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