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UW-Madison's Ladson-Billings earns AERA’s 2015 Social Justice in Education Award

March 10, 2015

UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is receiving the 2015 Social Justice in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association, the national research society announced in a news release Tuesday.

Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and a professor with the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She is an award-winning scholar and former president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) whose work centers on examining the practices of teachers who are successful with African American students.

Gloria Ladson-Billings
Ladson-Billings is perhaps best known for her book, “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children,” which was first published in 1994 and continues to be used in teacher education programs around the country. In that work she advocated for what she calls “culturally relevant teaching.”

Ladson-Billings is one of 12 people who will be receiving 2015 AERA awards for excellence in education research. AERA will honor the recipients for their outstanding scholarship and service at an awards ceremony on April 18, at the AERA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

“This year’s award winners are exemplars to AERA’s 25,000 members and to all who are committed to the study and practice of education,” AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine says in a news release. “We are proud to honor their outstanding commitment, accomplishments, and service to the field.”

The Social Justice in Education Award was established in 2004 and honors an individual who has advanced social justice through education research and exemplified the goal of linking education research to social justice.
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