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Ladson-Billings to receive AERA’s 2018 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award

March 29, 2018

UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is receiving the American Educational Research Association’s 2018 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award.

This prestigious honor from AERA recognizes “meritorious contributions to education research” and is intended to “publicize, motivate, encourage and suggest models of education research at its best.”

Gloria Ladson-Billings
"This is a tremendous honor and I am deeply appreciative to be selected at this time in my career,” says Ladson-Billings, who was a faculty member with the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement earlier this year. She is currently serving a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education.

AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Ladson-Billings served as president of the 25,000-member AERA from 2005-06.

Ladson-Billings will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon at AERA’s Annual Meeting in New York on April 15 at the New York Hilton Midtown. She will also present AERA’s Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award Lecture.

Ladson-Billings is widely regarded as a leading expert on culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory, with her research in this realm altering how educators approach their teaching. She is perhaps most widely known for her groundbreaking 1994 book, “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children,” which continues to be used in teacher education programs around the country.

Earlier in March, Ladson-Billings learned that she would be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from AERA’s Division B, a group of scholars who raise questions, study issues and explore possibilities related to curriculum. And just last year, she earned a Presidential Citation at the AERA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, to recognize her distinguished service and significant contributions to education research.

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.