April 10, 2006
Education prof Judith Scott recognized for
service to public schools
By Jennifer McNulty
Judith A. Scott, associate professor of education, will receive
the 2006 John Chorlton Manning Public School Service Award from
the International Reading Association (IRA).
Judith Scott's work aims to boost
the reading skills of nearly 1,000 fourth graders.
Photo: Jennifer McNulty
The award recognizes a professor of reading education who has
demonstrated an outstanding commitment to public education.
It will be presented May 3 in Chicago during the association's
annual convention. The award includes a $10,000 prize.
Scott recently launched a three-year $1.4 million research
project that will boost the reading skills of nearly 1,000 fourth
graders in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.
Established in 2004, the award honors the work of John Chorlton
Manning, a professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction
at the University of Minnesota. The award is intended to encourage
and support the improvement of public education by recognizing
the importance of integrating teacher preparation, professional
development, and related research with the work of public schools,
classrooms, teachers, and students.
Professors of reading education must have demonstrated their
commitment to public education and spent significant time working
with public school teachers and their students in classrooms,
demonstrating effective approaches and techniques shown to improve