Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Karen Lewis and Leon Botstein to receive the Deborah W. Meier Heroes in Education Award

Karen G.J. Lewis is President of the Chicago Teachers Union.
As part of its school improvement campaign, the 30,000 member CTU has strongly supported fundamental reforms in testing, and in 2014 backed a test boycott by teachers, parents and students. Mrs. Lewis, a 22-year high school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, has been a national inspiration in leading the union's successful efforts to build powerful grassroots alliances on behalf of equity and quality in teaching and learning. She is a Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers and the Executive Vice President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Leon Botstein is President of Bard College. Bard stands at the forefront of the test-optional college admissions movement, whereby students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. A longtime advocate for education reform and improved access for the under-served at both the K-12 and college levels, Dr. Botstein has spoken and written eloquently on how the testing mania undermines educational quality. He has led Bard in revitalizing the high school experience through its high school early colleges and in becoming an international leader in liberal arts education. Dr. Botstein is also the Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Bard, a noted author on a wide range of subjects, and an accomplished musician and conductor. 

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If you cannot attend, please make a donation in their honor. 

Honorary Chairs (in formation):
Fred Bay, Linda Darling-Hammond, Michelle Fine, Diane Ravitch,
Jesse Sharkey  

Host Committee (in formation):
Clara Botstein, Ann Cook, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Audrey L. May, Sophie Sa (chair)

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