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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:

"Pete and Pam Wright have done more for parents of special needs children than anyone in the last five years. Their publications, presentations, workshops, newsletters and materials have assisted parents in navigating the Special Education maze.

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."

Nicholas Colangelo, "Proponent and advocate of gifted children and gifted education and author of A Nation Deceived was honored.

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."

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.
* Teachers who put children and youth first, and paperwork and administra-trivia second.
* Teachers who protect the rights of children to learn, while always learning more about how to reach and teach all children.
* Teachers who understand the reason that so many children are at risk is because of what happens to them in school.
* Teachers who never seem to burn out even when they work in intolerable bureaucracies.
* Teachers who have professional relationships with children and never break trust with their students.

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