School & District Management Obituary

Obituaries

August 23, 2016 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Seymour Papert, an education technology and artificial-intelligence research pioneer whose theories augured both today’s digital learning and maker-education movements, died July 31. He was 88.

Papert was born in South Africa. He studied at the University of Cambridge in England and the University of Geneva with renowned child psychologist Jean Piaget before starting a long career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968. He co-founded the Media Lab, where he led a movement in “constructionist” education theory, which posits children learn best by making things and working through problems in the world around them.

More than 20 years before smartphones and 1-to-1 laptop initiatives, Papert advocated using low-cost personal computers to teach and connect children in high-poverty countries and communities.

—Sarah D. Sparks

Samuel C. Stringfield, a nationally known expert on school improvement and a former member of the Baltimore school board, died July 31. He was 67.

The late scholar was passionate about applying education research knowledge to practice. As a Baltimore board member in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he helped oversee one of the most historically troubled urban districts in the nation. During his tenure, the district faced down fiscal insolvency and a possible state takeover. On his watch, the 89,000-student school system saw its rock-bottom test scores begin to rise.

Stringfield also held positions as a research scientist, distinguished university scholar, and director of the school of education at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Cincinnati, respectively.

—Eric Sumner

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the August 24, 2016 edition of Education Week as Obituaries

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Webinar
Your Questions on the Science of Reading, Answered
Dive into the Science of Reading with K-12 leaders. Discover strategies, policy insights, and more in our webinar.
Content provided by Otus
Mathematics Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Breaking the Cycle: How Districts are Turning around Dismal Math Scores
Math myth: Students just aren't good at it? Join us & learn how districts are boosting math scores.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Achievement Webinar
How To Tackle The Biggest Hurdles To Effective Tutoring
Learn how districts overcome the three biggest challenges to implementing high-impact tutoring with fidelity: time, talent, and funding.
Content provided by Saga Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management Opinion Teachers and Students Need Support. 5 Ways Administrators Can Help
In the simplest terms, administrators advise, be present by both listening carefully and being accessible electronically and by phone.
10 min read
Images shows colorful speech bubbles that say "Q," "&," and "A."
iStock/Getty
School & District Management Opinion When Women Hold Each Other Back: A Call to Action for Female Principals
With so many barriers already facing women seeking administrative roles, we should not be dimming each other’s lights.
Crystal Thorpe
4 min read
A mean female leader with crossed arms stands in front of a group of people.
Vanessa Solis/Education Week via Canva
School & District Management Opinion Want a Leadership Edge? You Already Have What You Need
School leaders are faced daily with challenging situations. Here's how to prevent the tail from wagging the dog in responding.
Danny Bauer
4 min read
Screen Shot 2024 04 05 at 5.35.06 AM
Canva
School & District Management When Interventions Aim at Relationships, Academics and Attendance Improve
Connecting a student to adults—and peers—has been a missing link in early-warning systems.
4 min read
Image of a data dashboard.
Suppachok Nuthep/iStock/Getty