I have a Man Crush on NEPC

I don’t know if you know this… but I have a shirtless man-crush on the National Education Policy Center (NEPC). I really do. It is embarrassing. Perhaps I mention their/our work in every single public talk that I do? I learned today about some great news that was announced at the 2014 American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. Congratulations to NEPC on winning the Society of Professors of Education Wisniewski Award!!!!

Dear Dr. Welner,

I am pleased to inform you that the Society of Professors of Education has selected NEPC as this year’s winner of the Wisniewski Award. The award is given annually to an institution which has made a significant contribution to the theory and practice of teacher education.

As professors of education we in the SPE are well aware of the need for change in teacher preparation, but we are dismayed at the direction that some alternative routes have taken. While we believe all of NEPC’s work addresses concerns of the the Society, we see recent NEPC publications such as those by Milner (2013) and Heilig and Jez (2014) as exemplifying critical contributions to the field of teacher education. We consider the work of the Center to be vitally important, and we have chosen to formally recognize it by the presentation of this award at our meeting in conjunction with AERA in April.

The Society of Professors of Education was founded in 1902 by members such as John Dewey and Charles De Garmo. If you are not already familiar with the Society, information is available at our website:  http://societyofprofessorsofeducation.wordpress.com

If at all possible, we would like for you or another representative of NEPC to be present to receive the award. The ceremony will be Saturday, April 5 between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Independence III, Third Level.

Please let us know if you or another will be able to attend, and do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

All the best,

Nancy Brooks

SPE Wisniewski Award Chair, 2014

Director, PhD in Educational Studies

Adviser, Director of C&I License

Department of Educational Studies

Ball State University

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  • The NEPC produces high quality work that should be disseminated widely throughout the field of education. Putin, however, may have a man crush on himself. Man breasts are not sexy.


    • Since I often agree with NEPC research results and recommendations, there’s always the possibility that my agreement influences my judgement of their quality. That being said, NEPC is on my list for immediate attention, whenever there’s something from them to read.


  • Just posted the Adler report on Value-Added research by Chetty to my Republican network, both the House and Senate Education Committees of the Washington state legislature, two congressional aides in my network, and on my Patch News Blog. I receive notice of each NEPC publication and use about half of them in my postings.


  • Have struggled with my feelings for NEPC, too, Julian. Awards are nice, but they need to know what they really mean to us, right?


  • How does one submit studies and such for NEPC review? I have a bone to pick with stuff coming out of the Houston Education Research Consortium within the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. I’m just a classroom teacher, but their studies on HISD’s ASPIRE and APOLLO programs don’t seem like legitimate scholarship and are definitely being used by HISD as if they are.


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  • Julian – I too love NEPC – can’t say it’s a crush, it’s full blown.
    Anyway, I have a favor to ask. I’m an old lady and while I love how attractive your blog is, I do find that I can’t read the words that are in the black section on the right. It’s bad enough that the fonts are too small, but the dark cover makes it even more difficult. I guess I could copy and paste but not sure it would work. Thank you for your consideration.
    A fan.


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