Brock Symposium on Excellence in Education

Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM

Gloria Ladson-Billings will deliver the keynote speech.

Ladson-BillingsGloria Ladson-Billings, the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named the 2012 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate for pioneering the adoption of culturally responsive teaching strategies among educators.

She will be honored at the 2012 Brock Symposium on Excellence in Education and deliver the keynote message on Thursday, March 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the TU's Lorton Performance Center, 550 South Gary Place. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Brock Symposium spotlights notable accomplishments in the field of education and uses those accomplishments as a springboard for communicating educational excellence to teachers, parents, researchers, administrators, and political leaders. Held at one of the three partnering universities — University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and The University of Tulsa — the symposium is geared to teachers, principals, university faculty and administrators, education executives, students, as well as the general public.

Ladson-Billings, the author of three critically acclaimed books, including Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, is credited with coining the term “culturally responsive pedagogy” and is one of the leaders in the field of culturally relevant teaching. Elected to membership in the National Academy of Education, she has been a senior fellow in urban education at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

Ladson-Billings earned an M.A. in education at the University of Washington and a Ph.D. degree in curriculum and teacher education at Stanford University. Her scholarly awards include the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, the Palmer O. Johnson outstanding research award, a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the George and Louise Spindler Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education for significant and ongoing contributions to the field of educational anthropology.

The Brock International Prize in Education, which is endowed by the Brock Family Community Foundation, recognizes an individual who has made a specific innovation or contribution to education that has the potential to provide long-term benefit to all humanity through change and improvement in education at any level. The $40,000 prize is awarded annually and includes a certificate denoting the honor and a bust of legendary Native American educator Sequoyah.

For more information, please visit the Brock organization’s website,


Daniella Cook