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Bush Institute Fellow Receives Prestigious Award from The University of Texas
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.
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.Full Bio
Bush Institute's Eva Myrick Chiang Participates in the SCORE Institute on School Leadership
Last week, Bush Institute's Director of Research and Evaluation Eva Myrick Chiang participated in a panel discussion on school leadership hosted by State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) in Nashville, TN. “Even when you give a talented principal the most effective training, we still need school districts to improve the way they recruit, selection, and support those principals so that we can retain them in their schools for as long as possible,” said Chiang during the discussion. Based on the conversation, a few important themes emerged: Researchers have found that effective principal preparation programs have some common characteristics including rigorous admission requirements, partnerships with districts, and meaningful residency experiences. High-quality programs also collect and use data constantly to find opportunities to improve. Principals are not always placed in schools where they will have the greatest impact. Districts can use data about s
If You Want Great Teachers, Hire Great Principals
Bush Institute's Education Reform Director Anne Wicks reflects on her own teaching experience on National Teacher Day.
Principal Talent Management as an Equity Tool
We believe that the use of data is important to ensuring that all students, no matter their background, ethnicity, or zip code, deserve the opportunity to learn at their highest levels