Distinguished Public Service Award
Distinguished Public Service Award
Distinguished Public Service Award


2019 Recipient

Congressman George Miller, Ret.
Cengage Learning      

Throughout his 40 years in Congress, George Miller was a tireless champion of ensuring educational access and opportunity for all students. He launched and led the House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, which highlighted the conditions and needs of children for Congress and the public through hearings, investigations, and reports. The committee’s work informed legislation on child care, special education, and many other education-related policy areas. In his leadership role on the House Education and Labor Committee, Miller advanced policies to improve educational outcomes bolstered by research and data, including advocating for the disaggregation of data on student performance.

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

2018 - Donna E. Shalala
2017 - 
Michael W. Kirst
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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