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Foundation distinguished professor recognized with Horace Mann League Outstanding Public Educator Award

Friday, March 3, 2017

LAWRENCE – Yong Zhao, foundation distinguished professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas, has been selected to receive the 2017 Outstanding Public Educator Award, granted by the Horace Mann League of the United States.

This award is to recognize an outstanding national leader and advocate for his or her contributions to improving the nation’s public schools.

The Horace Mann League of the United States, founded in 1922, exists to perpetuate the ideals of Horace Mann, the founder of the American public school system. Its basic purpose and activities are to strengthen our public schools. More information about the league can be found here.

The Outstanding Public Educator award will be presented, among other awards, during the Horace Mann League’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon in New Orleans, LA on March 3, 2017. 

Zhao received his Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1996 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and his work focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books. Zhao also serves as a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy at Victoria University in Australia.

“I am humbled and honored by this recognition,” said Zhao. “Not only because it has been given to great educators I admire but also by an organization that dedicates itself to defending and improving public education, the bedrock of America.”

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is housed in the KU School of Education, located in Lawrence, Kan. The KU School of Education is a nationally-ranked School, preparing educators and health/sport/exercise professionals as leaders.



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