Friday, January 10, 2020

Honored to Appear Again in Rick Hess' Straight Up 2020 List of Public Influencers in Education in the U.S.

Link here.
Hmm.  It looks like I was "more "influential" in 2020 (ranked at 103) than in either 2019  (114) or 2018 (148), according to Rick Hess' Straight Up (RHSU) 2020 list of public influencers in education in the U.S.  Very cool!  According to Hess:

Simply being included in this list of 200 scholars is an accomplishment, given the 20,000 or more who might qualify. The list includes the top finishers from last year, augmented by "at-large" nominees chosen by the 29-member selection committee (see yesterday's post for a list of committee members, an explanation of the selection process, and all the salacious methodological details).
I am listed again as has having a high rank on "syllabus" which I take to mean that my work appears on a lot of syllabi in college classrooms throughout the U.S.  I'm glad that lots of graduate students are reading my work.  Wish they had a category for blogs but then not all academics—perhaps even very few—actually manage blogs.  Oh well...

It's not like I'm trying to be influential, so to speak, but rather to influence positive change.  By this, I mean that I never set out to "be well known," but rather to just do good, meaningful work that helps to make the world a better place.  So I'm very gratified to see that my focus is well received by others.

It also pleases me to see the impact that my colleagues are having since education is of such vital importance to the future of our country and the planet.

Thanks to my former student, Sandra Telles, for sharing this with me. 

Thanks to Rick Hess and his team, as well, for doing the hard work of generating this list.

-Angela Valenzuela


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