Slavin to Get Dana Award By Steve Libowitz Robert E. Slavin will receive the 1994 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education. The $50,000 award is made in recognition of Dr. Slavin's work in developing Success For All, a 6-year-old national program, which works to ensure that all students are reading at or above their grade level by the third grade, regardless of their social or economic condition. The Charles A. Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, has made this award annually since 1986 to recognize pioneering achievements in education and health. Nominations in education are based on an idea and its ability to enhance the quality of U.S. education at the pre-college level. Winners are chosen by a jury of national experts based on recommendations of a nominating committee. The award is presented to the person or persons most responsible for the idea. Success For All is based on the concept that early intervention to prevent children from falling behind in reading and mathematics can prevent the academic failure that often leads to loss of self-esteem and interest in school among disadvantaged students. The program, launched by Dr. Slavin's team in Baltimore City public schools in 1987, has roughly doubled in size annually and has already reached nearly 100,000 at-risk children. It is now in place in 20 states and nearly 100 schools serving the poorest urban and rural populations. "What is gratifying is that evaluations are proving that the program works in a variety of settings as long as there is school-wide commitment," Dr. Slavin said. "What Success For All teaches us is that there is no longer any excuse for accepting widespread failure of students, even in the poorest schools," Dana Foundation chairman David Mahoney said. "This program proves that schools serving at-risk children can succeed using the resources and staff they already have."
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