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

2021 Award Recipient 

Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (U.S. Representative, Virginia)

Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott was first elected to Congress from Virginia’s third congressional district  in 1993, and was the first African-American elected to Congress from Virginia since Reconstruction. Both in his current role as the Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor and as the ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce form 2015-2018 he has worked tirelessly to advance an agenda of educational equity. He was a primary co-author of the Every Student Succeeds Act in which he sought to improve upon many aspects of the preceding No Child Left Behind Act. Congressman Scott also championed the recent overhauls of the career and technical education system and the nation’s juvenile justice structure. A long-time friend of educational research, he has always listened to evidence and sought to understand the true impact of changes to policy beyond the posturing and politics typical in government.

The Distinguished Public Service Award is granted annually in recognition of an individual who has worked to enact or implement policies that are well grounded in education research, or who has been at the forefront of efforts to increase recognition and support for education research. The recipient will be invited either to deliver an address or to participate in a panel discussion during the following Annual Meeting on a topic relevant to their contribution and expertise. The AERA Government Relations Committee is charged by AERA Council with serving as the selection committee for this award.

Past Recipients

2020 - Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
2019 - George Miller
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

Call for Award Nominations

Deadline: December 1, 2021. Outstanding Book Award nominations due November 17, 2021.

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