University of Redlands Announces Outstanding Educational Justice Practitioner Award

Deadline for nominations for the award, which will be presented at annual Summer Institute in July, has been extended to May 30

Redlands, CA (April 25, 2011)—The University of Redlands’ Center for Educational Justice is pleased to announce its inaugural Outstanding Educational Justice Practitioner Award, which will honor a California educator each year in conjunction with the Center’s Summer Institute.

“This prestigious award is designed to recognize the real and measurable impact that a remarkable practitioner has achieved in the lives of children who are at risk in our schools,” said Dr. Jose Lalas, Director of the Center for Educational Justice at the School of Education. “As part of the nomination process, we anticipate not just traditional letters of recommendation but demonstrations of amazing results and interviews with parents, students, administrators and other teachers.”

The work of this outstanding educator will be showcased on July 12 during the Summer Institute of the Center for Educational Justice. In addition, workshops and presentations at the one-day event are designed to heighten the awareness of educational justice and the critical issues facing America’s K-12 schools.

The 7th annual Summer Institute will be held at the University of Redlands’ Orton Center on Tuesday, July 12 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Teachers, administrators, aides, private and public education professionals, and those interested in educational justice and education issues are encouraged to attend. The day will include a keynote presentation by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, a well-known pedagogical theorist and teacher educator who is a professor at the University of Wisconsin.

Nominations for the Outstanding Educational Justice Practitioner Award are due by the extended deadline of May 30. To be considered, a person must have two letters of nomination from sponsoring individuals. The letters of nomination should specify: 

  • What specific initiatives the nominee has taken 
  • What effects these initiatives have had 
  • Why this person deserves to receive the award

Application forms for the Outstanding Educational Justice Practitioner Award and information on the Summer Institute can be found on the web at

Nominations should be submitted to: Outstanding Educational Justice Practitioner Award Selection Committee, c/o Claudia Robinson, School of Education, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Avenue, Redlands, CA 92373.

For more information or questions, contact Martin Bright in the School of Education at (909) 748-8815.

The School of Education at the University of Redlands has a unique focus on educational justice, from the doctoral level with its Ed.D. in Educational Justice to courses and programs throughout the School. The Center for Educational Justice sponsors symposiums and other events throughout the year to explore topics on educational justice.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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