Cochran-Smith Honored by Group

Prof. Marilyn Cochran-Smith (SOE) has been honored by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education with its Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education. The award, which recognizes scholars who have performed at least 15 years of outstanding research in teacher education, was presented to Cochran-Smith at the association's annual conference on Feb. 27.

"I'm very pleased," said Cochran-Smith. "I've won other awards for particular books or studies, but this is for a body of work over 15 years."

She said the field of teacher education, often criticized in recent headlines, remains vital to the improvement of the nation's schools.

"To move toward true educational change, we need teachers who enter the profession not expecting to carry on business as usual, but prepared to join other educators and parents in major reforms," she said.

Cochran-Smith has written extensively on children's language and learning, on teacher research, and on issues of race, diversity and social justice in teaching and teacher education.

Cochran-Smith joined the BC faculty in 1996 after teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

-Mark Sullivan

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