Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award
Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award
Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award

2021 Award Recipient 

Okhee Lee
New York University

The selection committee was deeply impressed with Dr. Lee’s application of a research program that has effectively transformed elementary science education with bi-/multi-lingual students. Dr. Lee’s proposition that science learning and language learning mutually support each other by nurturing students to use their full range of meaning-making resources can be observed through Dr. Lee’s tireless work generating applicable classroom-level research that leads to effective practices. Dr. Lee’s fifth-grade science curriculum, Science and Integrated Language (SAIL), enhanced with the addition of a computational thinking model, is being tested by school teachers across the state of New Jersey. The adoption of Dr. Lee’s work demonstrates the powerful application of Dr. Lee’s research designs. Dr. Lee’s research has broad reach and powerful implications for practice. Dr. Lee’s body of work exemplifies the intent of this award through impact and devotion as Dr. Lee’s research continually supports historically minoritized communities.

The Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award is presented to an education research scholar or scholars in recognition of collaborative project(s) between researchers and practitioners that have had sustained and observable effects on contexts of practice.

Research conducted in settings in which collaboration between researchers and practitioners is integral to addressing challenging issues, constructing research-based innovations, or undertaking research‐based evaluations that have an impact beyond a single program or site are eligible for consideration. 

For purposes of this award, practice settings are understood to span the spectrum of educational contexts and levels of education, including informal environments, in which learning occurs. This award excludes work designed to influence the larger public or policy makers, or to have an indirect influence on education settings or practice though publications or research. 

The award will be presented annually, but may represent work conducted within a five-year time frame preceding the year in which the award is conferred. 

Past Recipients

2020 - Maria Coady
2019 - Cristina Santamaría Graff
2018 - Angela Calabrese Barton
2017 - 
Ann M. Ishimaru
2016 - Robert Cooper III

Before 2016, this award was recognized as the Relating Research to Practice Award. 


Call for Award Nominations

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

Designed by Weber-Shandwick   Powered by eNOAH