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April 29, 2004
CONTACT: Amy Cowles

Johns Hopkins Education Researchers
Honored for Their Work

Researchers and affiliates of the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk at The Johns Hopkins University received two prestigious awards during the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association April 12-16 in San Diego.

The Review of Research Award recognizing an outstanding review of research published in an AERA-sponsored publication was given to Geoffrey Borman, Gina M. Hewes, Laura Overman and Shelly Brown for their article, "Comprehensive School Reform and Achievement: A Meta-Analysis." Hewes and Overman are both affiliated with the university's Center for Social Organization of Schools. Both Borman and Brown were CSOS staff members at the time the article was written. Borman is now assistant professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brown is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

In presenting the award, Eugene Garcia, chair of the award committee, noted that the article is "timely, comprehensive and added data that most of us would like to have our hands on." He said the article was the unanimous choice of the awards committee. It was published as a CRESPAR Technical Report (No. 59) in November 2002 and in Review of Education Research in 2003, online at www.csos.jhu.edu/crespar/techReports/ Report59.pdf.

Of the work of his team of researchers, Sam Stringfield, co-director of CRESPAR's program on systemic supports for school reform, said that while Borman led the effort, Hewes and Overman did a great deal of the research and writing that made the award-winning article possible. "Our folks worked for two years on that meta-analysis," he said. "They couldn't have done it without CRESPAR support. At the same time, with all the support in the world, a lesser team of folks might never have begun or completed it."

Borman was also one of two people recognized with the Early Career Award for a distinguished body of research within the first decade following receipt of his doctoral degree. He was cited for his "ambitious synthesis" of educational policy for the disadvantaged, including work on Title I, comprehensive school reform, and summer learning for low-income students in Baltimore over the last seven years.

In accepting the award, Borman praised and thanked the researchers he worked with at CRESPAR. "At Johns Hopkins University, there were Bob Slavin, Sam Stringfield, Joyce Epstein and Jim McPartland," he said. "You just had to look around to see a model education researcher. [You knew] you were in the right place."

To contact any of these researchers, call Amy Cowles at 443-287-9960.

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