2017 Brock Prize Jurors


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Mary Burns

Senior Learning Technologist, Education Development Center
Nominee:  Heleen Terwijn

Mary Burns is a senior learning technologist at Education Development Center. Since 1984, she has worked as a teacher, instructional coach, curriculum developer, researcher, professional development provider, planner, and evaluator primarily in the area of technology across all continents, all levels from K-16, a range of subject areas, and numerous technology modalities (from interactive radio instruction to online learning). Her body of work traverses multiple levels of the educational system—she has authored national technology plans and online learning strategies; advised ministries of education on technology and teacher professional development; and designed and conducted online, blended, and face-to-face professional development with teachers and teacher educators in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the U.S.

Burns has co-authored four books and more than 100 articles and book chapters on technology-embedded teacher professional development (including a monthly blog for the Global Partnership for Education). She has won awards for excellence in teaching, curriculum development, and research.

Burns holds a B.A. in international politics and romance languages from Boston College, an M.S. in urban planning, an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Texas, and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Vincent Manno
Provost and Dean of Faculty, Professor of Engineering, Olin College of Engineering
Nominee:  Richard Miller

Vincent P. Manno is provost and dean of faculty, as well as professor of engineering, at the Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA. He received a B.S. from Columbia University and M.S. and Sc.D. degrees from M.I.T. His fields of interest are engineering education, power generation, electronics thermal energy management, and manufacturing processes. He has authored or co-authored over 160 journal articles, conference proceeding papers, and technical reports, and is a frequent keynote speaker. Prior to joining Olin, Dr. Manno was associate provost and professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts University, where he held leadership positions including department chair, associate dean of engineering for graduate studies, and dean of engineering ad interim. He has worked in the private sector, served as a U.S. Navy senior summer faculty fellow, and holds a U.S. patent. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the recipient of numerous awards, including the SAE’s Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence in the Thermal Analysis of Electronic Equipment, and the Tufts University Seymour Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising. He serves on the advisory boards of Ashesi University (Ghana), the University of Delaware College of Engineering, and the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education Outreach.

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Katelyn Norris

Creative Consultant
Nominee:  Adarsh Alphons

Katelyn Norris is a freelance creative consultant with a focus on the nonprofit, art, and social innovation sectors. She formerly served as the CSR program officer at Christie's Auction House, where she developed and implemented the company's first CSR program centered around cultural stewardship, sustainability, social innovation, and philanthropy, with an emphasis on arts advocacy.  She has a varied professional background including international non-profit management, strategic partnerships, and art direction. In her most recent role at Christie's, along with managing the company's CSR activities, she provided strategic and creative direction for an extensive network of non-profit organizations around partnerships, special events, fundraising, and communications. Katelyn holds a bachelor of science degree in visual arts management from the Fashion Institute of Technology.  A serial collaborator and believer in the power of artistic expression, she is passionate about supporting creative and entrepreneurial endeavors that empower people and communities.  Katelyn currently serves on the Young Patrons Committee for the New York Foundation for the Arts, as a board member for Project Art, and is a trained (if somewhat reluctant) charity auctioneer, helping to raise more than $100,000 for nonprofit organizations in 2015.

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April Peters-Hawkins

Associate Professor of Educational Administration, The University of Georgia
Nominee: James Verrilli

April L. Peters-Hawkins is an associate professor of educational administration at the University of Georgia. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from The Ohio State University, an M.S.W. from Columbia University in New York, and a B.S. Ed. from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She has worked in the K-12 context as a middle school teacher, a school social worker, dean of students, and a high school principal. Dr. Peters-Hawkins served four years as a consultant in the Atlanta Public Schools, providing professional learning and support to small school reform leaders.

Dr. Peters-Hawkins is passionate about equity and social justice for the most vulnerable populations of students. Her research interests include: (a) women in school leadership; (b) mentoring and support for early career administrators; (c) urban schooling; and (d) leadership and small school reform. She has published in several top tier academic journals.

In 2010, Dr. Peters-Hawkins earned the Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Education. Further, Dr. Peters-Hawkins has leadership roles in several professional organizations. She serves as president-elect of the University Council for Educational Administration, and as the 2016 division A (administration) program chair for the American Educational Research Association.

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Josh Shepperd
Assistant Professor of Media and Communication, The Catholic University of America
Nominee:  Michelle Hilmes

Josh Shepperd is assistant professor of media and communication at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. His research focuses on the genealogical development of media advocacy strategies, and their relation to educational and communications regulation. He's especially interested in the logistical steps of how institutions and discursive groups organize from the bottom up to influence communications policy, media industries, curricular practices, and cultural perspective.

He is currently writing a book on how the media education reform movement built the early scaffolding for public broadcasting in the U.S. between 1934 and 1952. Advocates innovated standardized forms of noncommercial research, production, distribution, and aesthetic development in the service of a decentralized, horizontalized organizational structure.

Josh also serves as the director of the Radio Preservation Task Force of the Library of Congress, a digital humanities consortium spanning roughly 120 universities, museums, and federal institutions. The RPTF is working with multiple federal institutions, including the Smithsonian and NPR, to increase visibility of underrepresented histories by connecting sound preservation to classroom implementation through a metadata interface.

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John Sipple

Associate Professor, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University
Nominee:  Karl Alexander

John W. Sipple, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the department of development sociology at Cornell University. Additionally, he serves as director of the New York State Center for Rural Schools, co-faculty director of Cornell’s Community and Regional Development Institute, and serves as Cornell's anchor for the Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network (TARRN).

Professor Sipple's research analyzes the intersection of the educational system and the communities in which they are embedded. He also examines the implementation of education and social policies (e.g., finance and staffing, shared municipal services, Pre-Kindergarten and early care, school-based health clinics) on local communities, with special attention to rural locales.

He has published broadly in academic books and journals, for more popular audiences, and at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. He has held leadership roles within AERA, the Politics of Education Association, and TARRN. He earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College, M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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David J. Theroux

Founder and President, Independent Institute, and Publisher, The Independent Review
Nominee:  James N. Tooley

David J. Theroux is founder and president of the Independent Institute and publisher of the quarterly journal, The Independent Review. He received his B.S., A.B., and M.S. from the University of California, and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Mr. Theroux is also founding president of the C.S. Lewis Society of California and has served as founding vice president of academic affairs for the Cato Institute, founding president of the Pacific Research Institute, and a member of the William Koch Crime Commission; Prison Advisory Board, California Little Hoover Commission; and executive committee, Templeton Collegiate Honor Rolls for Education. He has directed over 100 scholarly books, including recipients of the Eric Hoffer Book Grand Prize, Templeton Freedom Award, two Mencken Awards for Best Book, eight Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Awards, two Benjamin Franklin Awards, four Independent Publisher Awards, Peter Shaw Memorial Award, and three Choice Awards. Mr. Theroux’s articles have appeared in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Culture and Civilization, Investor's Business Daily, Washington Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Dallas Morning News, and he has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, Fox, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and other TV and radio networks and programs.

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Jennifer Trujillo
Director of ELL Initiatives, Project Management, Learning in Motion
Nominee:  Pam Allyn

Jennifer Trujillo is a bilingual bicultural educator with 22 years of professional experience working with English language learner education—ranging from classroom teacher to ELL/bilingual director to college professor to author. Her publications include several articles and an ELL literacy program consisting of four student textbooks and their accompanying teacher’s guides. The series was the most widely adopted ESL textbook in the nation for students in grades 4-12 (2010) and is being used in 26 states and five countries. She has conducted multiple academic presentations promoting effective education of English language learners at a variety of conferences at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Dr. Trujillo also worked with teachers and children in the Navajo Nation for over a decade through the Native American Teacher Education Outreach Program at Fort Lewis College. Recently, she served as the national director of English Language Acquisition for Pearson Education where she worked with educators across the United States. Currently, she works at Learning in Motion in Santa Cruz, CA on a variety of initiatives including the development of ELL amplifications to a tablet-based literacy program, collaboration on a research project with the American Institutes for Research around math instruction for ELLs, and materials for school leaders.

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Kerri White
Technical Assistance Coordinator, South Central Comprehensive Center, The University of Oklahoma
Nominee:  Mark Templeton

Kerri White is a technical assistance coordinator for the South Central Comprehensive Center at the University of Oklahoma. She provides policy development and implementation support to state education agencies, focusing on federal priorities, education reform, and systems improvement. Kerri began her career as a middle school and high school mathematics teacher and then served the Oklahoma State Department of Education for almost 10 years, first as mathematics director and executive director of high school reform, before transitioning into a cabinet-level position as assistant state superintendent of educator effectiveness. She graduated summa cum laude (B.S. in mathematics education) from Oklahoma Baptist University and earned graduate degrees (M.A. in educational leadership and Ed.D. in school administration) from Southern Nazarene University and Oklahoma State University, where she researched the role of school culture in school improvement planning and implementation.

Kerri equips educators to prepare all students for college, career, and community engagement through their own continuous professional learning. Because education has the potential to be the great equalizer, Kerri is passionate that all students deserve access to high quality educators in well-functioning school systems. To realize this vision, she assists educators and policymakers with developing and implementing policies and practices from an equity mindset.

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