Four Respected Educators Receive 2012 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kitty Porterfield, kporterfield@aasa.org, 703-774-6953

Alexandria, Va., February 13, 2012 – Four veteran educators and members of the American Association of School Administrators will be honored with the 2012 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award during the AASA National Conference on Education, Feb. 16-19 in Houston, Tex.

This award recognizes leaders who exemplify the qualities modeled by the late Effie Hall Jones, a veteran educator and AASA associate executive director—her professional and personal commitment to diversifying the field of education with high quality leaders and to ensuring the best education for all students. The award honors Jones’ effort and commitment to elevate the status of minorities and women in education and her legacy of justice, humanity and promise for all children.

The 2012 recipients are:

Jewell-Sherman

Clark-Snead

Harrison

Collins

Deborah
Jewell-Sherman

Harvard Graduate
School of Education 

 Constance R.
Clark-Snead
Superintendent
Westbury Union Free
School District

 Sheila
Harrison-Williams

Superintendent
Hazel Crest
School District

Constance R.
Collins
Superintendent
Round Lake
District 116



Deborah Jewell-Sherman is senior lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where she serves as the director of the Urban Superintendents Program and is the principal investigator for an initiative between the faculty of HGSE and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. In the 2010, Jewell-Sherman was appointed as a key faculty member for HGSE's new Doctor of Education Leadership Degree. Prior to joining the HGSE faculty, Jewell-Sherman served as Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools. During her tenure, 95 percent of Richmond's lowest performing schools achieved full accreditation under Virginia's Standards of Learning reform legislation, and the district raised the percentage of schools meeting state standards from 18 percent to 91.7 percent. In 2009, she was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS).

Constance R. Clark-Snead is the superintendent of the Westbury Union Free School District, New York. When she came to Westbury, twelve years ago, it was a troubled district with underperforming students and a high turnover of school leaders. Clark-Snead has served as an advocate for all students in her district and that attitude has unified the community behind her efforts to improve student achievement. Clark-Snead receives this award both for the work she has done on behalf of poor children on Long Island and for her efforts to promote a diverse community of administrators and staff within her district. Before her appointment as Westbury superintendent, Clark-Snead served as a teacher, principal, associate superintendent and deputy superintendent in Washington, D.C.

Sheila Harrison-Williams is superintendent of Hazel Crest School District, Ill. Constance R. Collins is Superintendent in Round Lake District 116, Ill. Together, these two superintendents have created programs to support aspiring superintendents as they seek entry into the field of school district leadership. They developed and, for eight years, voluntarily convened a one-day workshop for aspiring superintendents that addresses the barriers women and minorities face in seeking the superintendency and identifies strategies to overcome the barriers. In 2011, Harrison-Williams and Collins received corporate funding and coordinated a three-day Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute designed to provide in-depth leadership preparation for women and minorities. The success of the 2011 institute has assured the continued focus on this leadership training during the summer of 2012. In addition to being co-recipients of this humanitarian award, in November 2011 they were co-recipients of the Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year Award given by the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

These recipients were selected by an external panel of judges based on evidence of their advocacy, mentorship and advancement of women and minorities and/or their commitment to address social justice issues among children, youth and adults in public education. The award was first given in 2004.

This year’s recipients will be honored at the first NCE general session, Feb. 16.
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