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Jacqueline Woodson has been named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.

Mark R. Nelson
Mark R. Nelson

The $25,000 title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The position aims to promote poetry to children and their families, teachers, and librarians over the course of its two-year tenure.

Ms. Woodson is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults and has won numerous awards, including the National Book Award.

Mark R. Nelson has been appointed executive director of the 20,000-member Computer Science Teachers Association.

Ryan Wise
Ryan Wise

Prior to his new role, Mr. Nelson worked for eight years at the National Association of College Stores. He was also an assistant professor and lecturer at several higher education institutions.

Ryan Wise has been selected as the new state schools chief in Iowa. Upon state Senate confirmation, he would replace Brad Buck.

Mr. Wise, who began his education career as a high school history teacher, currently is the state's deputy education director.

Vol. 34, Issue 36, Page 4

Published in Print: July 8, 2015, as Transitions
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