Coming on the heels of being named an American Education Research Association Fellow, Thomas Guskey was honored by the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) with its Contribution to the Field Award at the group’s 41st Annual Conference. Guskey was joined by Shirley Ford as this year’s honorees.
Guskey, a professor in the UK College of Education Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, has improved the effectiveness of professional development leaders across the world by bridging the gap between education research and practice. He has served as director of research and development for Chicago Public Schools, is an expert in evaluation and design, and has served on the Task Force that developed the NSDC Standards.
“Receiving this award from the National Staff Development Council is truly a wonderful honor,” Guskey said. “To be included with the other honorees, whose work we so deeply respect and value, makes it very special indeed.”
Guskey’s current research focuses on how teachers assess, evaluate, grade and report on their students’ learning progress. He says that while there is a great amount of research that shows what works with regard to assessment and grading, very little of it is being practiced. To assist teachers with incorporating this research, Guskey has edited three books and co-authored a fourth in the past year: “The Teacher as Assessment Leader,” “The Principal as Assessment Leader,” “Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading” and “Developing Standards-Based Report Cards.”
“We are extremely proud of Professor Thomas Guskey’s latest accomplishment,” said Mary John O’Hair, dean of the UK College of Education. “He is an internationally renowned researcher whose contributions to educational practice have assisted educators across the Commonwealth, nation and world.”
The NSDC’s purpose is ensuring that every educator engages in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves. The NSDC is the only education association working solely to increase student achievement through more effective professional development. The Contribution to the Field Award recognizes individuals for their commitment to improving student achievement through effective professional learning. For more information, visit www.nsdc.org.
The NSDC contributed to this story.