Distinguished Public Service Award
Distinguished Public Service Award


2017 Recipient

Michael W. Kirst
Stanford University

Dr. Michael W. Kirst is the longest serving president of the California State Board of Education and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University. During his decades of experience, he has built on education research to reform educational policy and support student success. This was evident when he was staff director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment, and Poverty and director of program planning and evaluation for the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (now the U.S. Department of Education). It also was fundamental to his service as commissioner of the Education Commission of the States and as cofounder of Policy Analysis for California Education, a nonpartisan research center directed to increasing the impact of research on educational policy. Kirst’s career exemplifies a commitment to public service and to incorporating research in the consideration of sound policy.

The Distinguished Public Service Award recognizes an individual who has worked to enact or implement policies that were well grounded in education research, or who has been at the forefront of efforts to increase recognition and support for education research. 

The award is given by members of AERA’s Government Relations Committee, on behalf of the Association. It was established in 2002 and presented for the first time on April 23, 2003 during AERA’s 84th Annual Meeting in Chicago. 

Award recipients present a major address at AERA’s Annual Meeting, where the annual award is presented. 

Past Recipients

2016 - Shirley Malcom
2015 - Joseph Conaty
2014 - Ruby Takanishi
2013 - Freeman A. Hrabowski III
2012 - Jerry D. Weast
2011 - Emerson J. Elliott
2010 - Beverly L. Hall
2008 - Bruce Alberts
2007 - Jack Jennings
2005 - Ronald A. Wolk
2004 - Richard C. Atkinson
2003 - James B. Hunt

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