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Bush Institute Fellow Receives Prestigious Award from The University of Texas

December 3, 2013 by Beth Ann Bryan

Dr. Sharon Vaughn, the executive director of the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, has won the highly prestigious Career Research Excellence Award from The University of Texas at Austin.  She was honored as this year’s recipient of the award for maintaining “a superior research program across many years,”  according to the university.  A cash award of $10,000 accompanies this honor.  She joins a distinguished list of award winners, including 2012 winner Steven Wineberg, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science.

Dr. Vaughn, who has taken high quality education research into practice in schools for many years, is also a very active Bush Institute fellow.  She runs our Middle School Matters Institute and works closely with schools chosen by the Bush Institute to receive hands-on help in understanding research-based strategies to use in the classroom.  The work Dr. Vaughn and her staff of the Meadows Center do on the ground with teachers and principals helps them improve their work in areas like reading, writing, mathematics, dropout prevention, cognitive science, advanced reasoning and data management. 

This is an incredible honor for Dr. Vaughn.  The Bush Institute is extremely proud to have her as one of our Fellows and as the person directing our support work for middle schools across the state and nation.


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Beth Ann Bryan
Beth Ann Bryan

Beth Ann Bryan currently serves as a senior advisor for Education Reform at The George W. Bush Institute. Starting in 2010, Bryan has been working with the Bush Institute as a Policy Associate in the Middle School Matters program, helping ensure that every American high school graduate is college-ready and prepared for a good job.

Bryan also serves as senior education advisor to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she assists both private and public entities with the implementation of education reforms and counsels clients on education policy issues. Her recent experience includes helping to develop initiatives to improve secondary school literacy, navigating policy issues affecting students in pre-k through college for higher education officials and ensuring that instructional practice in education is driven by high quality research.       

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Bryan served as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Roderick Paige from 2001 to 2003. She also served as a member of the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education and worked closely with First Lady Laura Bush’s office on education initiatives in Texas and nationwide. 

After leaving Washington in 2003, Bryan served as the volunteer Executive Director of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education, Bryan worked as an education advisor to the Texas Governor’s Business Council. Bryan previously worked as a Psychological Associate in private practice for 12 years and as a public school teacher in Houston, Texas for seven years.

Bryan received her Bachelor of Arts from Houston Baptist University in 1969 and her Master of Education from the University of Houston in 1978. She has served as Vice Chair of the National Board for Education Sciences.        

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