The American Educational Research Association (AERA) — the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education — recently recognized two Berkeley graduate school professors for excellence in education research.
Janelle Scott, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education and African American Studies Department, won in the category of “Scholars of Color: Distinguished Scholar Award.” Scott’s research explores the relationship between education policy and equality of opportunity, and centers on three related policy strands: the racial politics of public education; the politics of school choice, marketization, and privatization; and the role of elite and community-based advocacy in shaping public education.
David Kirp, a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, was recognized with an “Outstanding Book Award” for his most recent of 17 books: “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System a Strategy for America’s Schools.”
This book chronicles and draws policy lessons from how a poor urban school district in Northern New Jersey has transported Latino immigrant children, many of them undocumented, into the educational mainstream: 90% of those young people are graduating from high school and 75% are going to college.
AERA announced 16 award winners in 11 association-wide categories.