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Pete and Pam Wright Honored by the Haberman Foundation
On December 19, 2005, the Haberman Foundation announced that Pete and Pam Wright were recipients of the First Annual Upton Sinclair Award of Influential Educators.
"At the end of the year, it seems only fitting to honor our own 'Top Ten' individuals who made a difference in education in the last year. The contributions of these ten nominees stand out as stunning exemplars of first rate care, concern and contributions to education," said Delia Stafford of the Haberman Foundation.
Delia Stafford and Michael F. Shaughnessy of Eastern New Mexico University described reasons for selecting Pete and Pam Wright as recipients of the Upton Sinclair award:
Other recipients included Christina Asquith, author of "The Emergency Teacher and Gerald Bracey "who continues to examine the data, the figures, the facts, the politicians in the grand muckracking tradition of Upton Sinclair."
Elaine Garan, "author of two books, 'In Defense of Our Children: When Politics, Profit and Education Collide' and 'Resisting Reading Mandates: How to Triumph With the Truth'" was a recipient.
Martin Haberman, who is "devoted to the children who need great teachers to survive in their search for a piece of the great American dream ... His goal is to put good teachers in every classroom, and superlative educational leaders in every school." http://www.habermanfoundation.org
Jonathan Kozol, who has written extensively about education in the United States.
Reid Lyon, "an advocate of using scientifically-based research in teaching, leader of 'Reading First', a cornerstone of national education reform.
Finally, the Haberman Foundation honored teachers who demonstrate 'Star' teacher beliefs and behaviors:
* Teachers who are persistent in teaching all children with all exceptionalities.
The full text of First Annual Upton Sinclair Award of Influential Educators by Michael F. Shaughnessy, Eastern New Mexico University, and Delia Stafford, Haberman Foundation is available on EducationNews.org/