Robert J. Marzano Named 2008 Winner of Brock International Prize in Education

Laureate Receives $40,000 Prize for Innovation and Leadership

NORMAN, Okla., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Jury members convening at the University of Oklahoma in Norman announced Robert J. Marzano as this year’s recipient of the Brock International Prize in Education. The annual award is to recognize an individual for innovative and effective ideas in education resulting in a significant impact on the practice or understanding of the field of education.

Marzano is senior scholar at Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning in Aurora, Colo., associate professor of education at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisc., and president of Marzano and Associates, a company specializing in long term reform efforts to enhance student achievement in K-12 schools.

“The Brock Prize is one of the largest and most important prizes in education in the world,” said Trent Gabert, Ph.D., chair of the Brock Prize executive committee and associate dean of the OU College of Liberal Studies. “Its recipients have made significant contributions to the field of education, and we are honored to recognize and share the ideas produced by such outstanding achievements.”

During his 35 years in education, Marzano’s work has centered on translating research and theory into clear, practical programs and tools for K-12 teachers and administrators. He has identified three areas central to school improvement reforms including fostering and sustaining effective instructional strategies system-wide, using classroom and grading practices to provide effective feedback to students, and building strong student academic vocabulary.

Marzano received his bachelor of arts degree in English from Iona College, his master’s degree in reading and language arts from Seattle University, and his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington. He is the author of more than 26 books, dozens of articles and book chapters, and more than 100 curriculum guides and related materials for teachers and students in grades K-12.

He was chosen by an eight-member jury, comprised of public school officials, university officers, meritorious professors and government officials, all of whom are committed to excellence in education. Each member of the jury nominates one potential laureate. Then the jury meets on the OU campus to discuss of each nominee’s merits and select the laureate for the following year.

The Brock Laureate receives a $40,000 cash award, certificate and bust of Sequoyah during the Brock Symposium for Excellence in Education, where the laureate serves as the keynote speaker. This year’s event will be held April 4, 2008, at OU.

The Brock International Prize in Education is made possible from a gift by John A. Brock and family of Tulsa, Okla., and is administered by Oklahoma State University, OU and the University of Tulsa.

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