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Dean Kenny

From Interim Dean Maureen Kenny

Alumni and friends,

The Lynch School of Education’s fall calendar was packed with exciting events, awards, and scholarly achievements. In early October, Cawthorne Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Professor Dennis Shirley, and I cohosted the inaugural Boston College Sesquicentennial Symposium, “Education and Its Role in Democratic Societies,” and welcomed as keynote speaker Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. On November 8 and 9, the Lynch School’s Boisi Professor of Education and Public Policy Henry Braun cohosted a two-day symposium, “Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education,” which brought 15 distinguished scholars, writers, and leaders in higher education—including six current or former college presidents—to campus to discuss what sets religious colleges and universities apart from their secular peers. Read more »


TIMSS and PIRLS results

Fourth and eighth graders in East Asian countries are outperforming the rest of their peers in math, science, and reading literacy, and those who’ve gone to preschool enjoy a distinct international advantage, according to the Lynch School’s TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center’s latest review of global student achievement. (Pictured: Michael O. Martin and Ina V.S. Mullis) Read more »


Barnett honored for innovation on, off campus 

If you asked, Associate Professor Michael Barnett would probably tell you he doesn’t seek awards. But if you ask about his work at Boston College, you’ll quickly understand why the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him Massachusetts Professor of the Year last month. Read more »


Boston College Sesquicentennial: Weighing in on religion, education

A pair of fall symposia exploring the relationship between education and two American institutions, democracy and religion, kicked off a series of events marking Boston College’s 150th anniversary. (Pictured: Pedro Noguera) Read more »

Faculty news

Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools Marilyn Cochran-Smith traveled to Scotland to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Glasgow. The degree was awarded in recognition of her contributions to the field of teacher education and development.

Professor M. Brinton Lykes was selected to receive the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2013 International Humanitarian Award. The award, which recognizes sustained and enduring humanitarian services to underserved populations, will be presented during the APA’s summer convention.

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Alumni notes

Muriel (“Bonnie”) Cagney ’06 received both the yearlong Ryan Fellowship from The Alain Locke Initiative and the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching from the US-UK Fulbright Commission. She will spend January–June 2013 at Sheffield Hallam University in England through the Fulbright Fellowship before returning to the United States to participate in the Ryan Fellowship.

Allan Cameron, Ph.D. ’08, principal of Deerfield Elementary School in Westwood, Massachusetts, received a 2012 National Educator Award and an unrestricted $25,000 award from the Milken Family Foundation.

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