Students and scholars from Oklahoma universities assembled on the campus of the University of Tulsa March 26 and 27 to honor Douglas B. Reeves, Ph.D., recipient of the 2006 Brock International Prize in Education. An internationally recognized authority dedicated to improving student achievement and educational equality, Reeves is chairman and founder of the Center for Performance Enhancement, based in Colorado. The center helps education and school leaders improve student success through practical and constructive approaches to standards, assessment and accountability.
A former classroom teacher, Reeves is author of 19 books including the bestseller, Making Standards Work. He has twice been selected for the Harvard Distinguished Authors Series and recently won the Parents Choice Award.
As part of the laureate celebration, Reeves led a symposium March 27 entitled Beyond Islands of Excellence, where he urged educators to rethink how to best use classroom teachers, suggesting that the nation’s neediest students are not being taught by our best teachers.
“The challenge is moving from islands of excellence – the exceptional classroom or extraordinary school – to excellence throughout the system and indeed, through the nation.”
“We know what to do,” Reeves said. “The challenge is moving from islands of excellence – the exceptional classroom or extraordinary school – to excellence throughout the system and indeed, through the nation.”
Reeves is the fifth recipient of the Brock Prize, endowed by John A. Brock, chairman of the board for Brighton Energy in Tulsa. The prize, overseen by the universities of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, recognizes an individual who has made a specific innovation or contribution to the science and art of education which has resulted in a significant impact on the practice or understanding of the field of education. The recipient receives $40,000 and a sculpted bust of Sequoyah.
Jury deliberations for the 2007 Brock laureate will be held Oct. 27 on the Norman campus of the University of Oklahoma.