Award Presented to Dr. Kathryn Au at LRA’s Annual Conference (December 2016)
At LRA’s Annual Conference last month, Dr. Taffy Raphael had the honor of presenting the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award to her dear friend and colleague, Dr. Kathryn Au. The purpose of this annual award is to honor, in P. David Pearson’s name, the author(s) of an article/chapter/book written at least 5 years prior to the nomination, that has demonstrably and positively influenced/impacted literacy practices and/or policies within district, school and/or classroom settings.
Receiving the Pearson award recognizes the influence of Kathy’s 1981 RRQ publication, based on her dissertation examining instructional conversations with Native Hawaiian children. This quote from her nomination letter captures the magnitude of her contribution: “The nominated article is not just a seminal text or a necessary read, it is revolutionary. It launched a movement that Dr. Au has dedicated her career toward advancing. As a consequence, culturally responsive pedagogy is a central concern of multiple policy briefs, published both nationally and by a range of states. Thanks to the line of research, practitioner effect, and policy work that was spurred by this specific article, students from all backgrounds are receiving improved instruction as the field of education continues to build upon the knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogy.”