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Jeanne Wilcox of Arizona State University Wins AACTE Award for Distinguished Research

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(February 18, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has selected Jeanne Wilcox, Ph.D., to receive its 2013 Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education. The Lindsey Award recognizes an individual whose research over the last decade has made a major impact on the field of teacher education. It will be presented on February 28 at AACTE's 65th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Wilcox is the Nadine Basha Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University (ASU). The AACTE Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability, which reviews submissions for the award, selected Dr. Wilcox for her 30-year career of significant research contributions in early childhood and early childhood special education.

The Committee noted that her extensive record in publishing and presentations attests to her dedication to her studies. In addition, her knowledge and expertise in teacher education research has been shared through work with various state, national and international organizations. Of importance in her work, is the effective training of graduate and undergraduate students to prepare them to work with young children with special needs. She places particular emphasis on the need for innovative teaching and teacher research to meet the needs of these young children. 

"Professor Jeanne Wilcox has spent her professional life discovering ways to help all children reach their potential," said Elizabeth Phillips, Ph.D., provost of ASU. "Her excellence in research has enabled teachers to provide high quality instruction that prepares young children to be engaged in the world through language, reading, and writing."

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