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Ladson-Billings to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from AERA’s Division B

March 26, 2018

UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings will be accepting a significant honor at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting next month when she receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from AERA’s Division B.

Division B is a diverse and eclectic group of scholars who raise questions, study issues and explore possibilities related to curriculum. AERA’s 2018 Annual Meeting runs April 13-17 in New York. Ladson-Billings led the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association as president from 2005-06.

Gloria Ladson-Billings
Ladson-Billings was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year. Today, the professor emerita is serving a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education.

Ladson-Billings is recognized across the United States and beyond as a pioneer whose work on culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory has altered how educators approach their teaching. She 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.

Although her research and publications over the years have made her a rock star in many education circles, the Philadelphia native and former Philadelphia public schools teacher and administrator is much more than a theorist. In fact, she continues to meet with students, teachers and academics both on and off campus in an effort to touch lives and make a difference.

Just last year, Ladson-Billings received a Presidential Citation at the AERA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, to recognize her distinguished service and significant contributions to education research. Earlier this year, Education Week blogger Rick Hess published his annual rankings of the most influential education scholars in the United States, and Ladson-Billings was ranked No. 3.

Prior to her retirement in January, Ladson-Billings held the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and was a professor with the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She continues to serve UW-Madison and the School of Education as a professor emerita.

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