NPR's Sanchez keynotes ceremony honoring outstanding young IU School of Education alumni

  • Nov. 18, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS -- National Public Radio's Claudio Sanchez is the guest speaker for an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis event honoring early career educators for achievements in transformational work in public schools.

Sanchez will keynote the second annual "Celebrating Transformational Leaders in Education," presented by the IU School of Education at IUPUI at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the IUPUI Campus Center. A "meet and greet" reception with Sanchez and this year's awardees will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Campus Center.

During his talk, Sanchez will address issues related to urban education and equity, social justice, and inclusion. He will also touch on his personal journey and the impact teachers, school leaders and school counselors have on students every day.

"We are excited about bringing in Claudio Sanchez to shed light on critical issues in urban education, as well as to focus on the incredible work of educators in our public schools," said Pat Rogan, executive associate dean of the IU School of Education.

A former elementary and middle school teacher, Sanchez is an education correspondent who focuses on the politics, policy and pedagogy of education reform. Since joining the NPR team in 1989, he has won many awards recognizing his outstanding work. Sanchez's reports air regularly on NPR’s "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition." Some of his recent stories have focused on the controversy about the "Common Core" standards, tight budget constraints on schools brought about by the sequestration, and the debate surrounding charter schools .

Sanchez's talk and the awards ceremony are free and open to the public. Sanchez's appearance is co-sponsored by WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis.

The School of Education honored Brandon Warren, BS'09 and a fourth-grade teacher at Chapel Glen Elementary School in Wayne Township, and Rocky Valadez, Cert.'08, principal of Lawrence Central High School in Lawrence Township during last year's inaugural event.

"We feel it is important to recognize the achievements of our graduates early in their careers in order to showcase their hard work and success, rather than wait until they are nearing retirement," Rogan said. "By doing so, we are also countering some of the negative discourse surrounding teachers and the field of education. The honorees serve as role models and inspire current and future educators to aim high."

A committee selects honorees from a pool of nominees. Each honoree receives a $1,000 award to advance his or her work.

The IU School of Education at IUPUI is an institution defined by its place, while at the same time defining the role of urban education in the 21st century. Located in the heart of a major metropolitan area, the school prepares exemplary educators and leaders for urban settings.

For more than four decades, WFYI Public Media has served as a center of discovery for all ages. WFYI’s diverse public radio and television programs and services provide a foundation for early learning, inspire curiosity and serve as a catalyst for lifelong learning. More about WFYI Public Media's programs and educational services is available on the station’s website, the WFYI Facebook paget and on Twitter, @wfyi and @wfyinews.

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