2019 Award Recipients


Distinguished Alumni Awards

Bruce BallardBruce Ballard (Ed.D. ’94, Applied Linguistics) has taught reading, writing, poetry, second languages and pedagogy for 45 years. He has worked with pre-school students up through senior citizens, in the United States and overseas. He has run teacher-training projects in eight countries, taught Fortune 100 business executives to write clearly, and instructed graduate students in education. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012, he created a website, www.parkingsuns.com, which promotes a positive “enriched environment” for people living with PD and their families. The World Parkinson Coalition selected Ballard’s site as a leading WPC Blog for the global Parkinson’s community.




Fanshen CoxFanshen Cox
(M.A. ’97, TESOL) is an award-winning actress, producer, and educator, who is currently touring the one-woman show she wrote and performs in: One Drop of Love. One Drop travels near and far, in the past and present to explore history, family, race, class, justice, and love. It is a multimedia one-woman show exploring the intersections of race, class, and gender in search of truth, justice, and LOVE that is co-produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Cox has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR as a spokesperson on using the arts to explore racial identity. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and has designed curricula for and taught English as a Second Language to students from all over the world. She has been honored with the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award and with Peace Corps Fellows and Hollywood Foreign Press Association scholarships. Fanshen is also the co-author of the Inclusion Rider which was announced by Frances McDormand at the 2018 Oscar Awards.



Denny TaylorDenny Taylor (Ed.D. ’81, Family and Community Education) is Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies. The concept of "family literacy" originates in her doctoral research at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has also received the 2019 NCRLL Distinguished Scholar Award for her research. Since 1977 she has been continuously engaged in research with families living in extreme poverty, and in regions of armed conflict and in the aftermath of weather related catastrophes. More than 140 U.N. Member States use family literacy initiatives to build more just, peaceful and inclusive societies. Renowned scholars on four continents and in five countries nominated her for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, and she has been nominated for the 2019 Peace Prize. Family literacy has become a conduit for many local and regional initiatives to end poverty and hunger, respond to public health emergencies, and promote gender equality, climate action, peace & justice, and strengthen partnerships to address the U.N. SDGs. Her books include novels as well as seminal research texts. Her first book Family Literacy (1983) is regarded a classic in the field; Growing Up Literate (co-researched with Catherine Dorsey-Gaines) received the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize (1988); and Toxic Literacies (1996) was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. In 2004 Taylor was inducted into the IRA’s Reading Hall of Fame. In 2019, she was named a recipient of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy (NCRLL) Distinguished Scholar Award. She is the co-founder and CEO of Garn Press, which has published many award-winning books by teachers and scientists.


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Early Career Awardees

Tony AlleyneTony Alleyne
(M.A. ’10, Private School Leadership, The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education) is the founder and executive director of the Delaware College Scholars Program (DCS), a leading seven-year college preparation/college persistence program for high-achieving under-resourced students. To date, 94 percent of Delaware College Scholars have gone on to four-year institutions of higher learning. Originally from Brooklyn, he attended public schools in New York City until joining Prep for Prep’s Prep 9, which opened doors to the opportunity to graduate cum laude from St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE. It’s this experience that set Dr. Alleyne on a path of lifelong dedication to educational access and opportunities for marginalized students. Alleyne earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University, his M.A. degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


Kim BaranowskiKim Baranowski (Ph.D. ’14, Counseling Psychology) is a Lecturer at Teachers College in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology. She works to advance human rights through advocacy, training, and research. Baranowski educates clinical professionals, students, and the broader community about the impact of persecution on mental health. She conducts pro bono trauma-informed forensic psychological evaluations of asylum seekers and has trained over 200 clinical practitioners to document the mental health correlates of torture. In 2018, she was awarded the American Psychological Association Citizen Psychologist Presidential Citation for her sustained commitment to leadership in advocacy and supporting survivors of human rights violations.



Hakim Mohandas Amani WilliamsHakim Mohandas Amani Williams (Ed.D. ’12, International Educational Development) is Associate Professor of Africana Studies; Director of Peace and Justice Studies; and Faculty Affiliate of Education, Globalization Studies, and Public Policy at Gettysburg College. He is also a lecturer at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teachers College. He completed his B.A. in Psychology at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, and his M.A. and Ed.D. in International Educational Development and M.Ed. in Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, with foci in philosophy of education and peace education. His research centers on school/structural violence, educational inequities, and youth and community empowerment, and he has conducted many workshops and trainings on restorative circles in diverse settings.



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Alumni Award for Outstanding Service

Joohee SonJoohee Son's (Ed.D. ’13, Instructional Technology and Media) volunteer service to TC dates back to 2011 when she assisted with the TC in Asia: Working Together Conference in Hong Kong. More recently, she has served as President of TC’s Korean Alumni Association since 2016, and was Vice President from 2014-2016. During her tenures, she took on the role of pledge collector for the Korea 125 Crowd-Sourced Scholarship and helped coordinate several TC presidential, administration and faculty visits to Korea. She also led a team effort to plan and host two Global TC Day events and three official TC alumni events.


In addition to her volunteer work with TC, Joohee established the Center for Education & Technology, Inc. (CET), which has improved “Thinking Skills and English fluency” for K-12 students in Korea. She’s embedded cognitive theories into English curriculum, and designed the “Speaking Online Feedback System,” providing individual feedback about English Fluency, Accuracy, and Thinking Skills.



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Morton Deutsch Awards for Social Justice

Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Awardee


Mariame KabaMariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. She has co-founded multiple organizations and projects over the years including We Charge Genocide, the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, Love & Protect and most recently Survived & Punished. Mariame is also a co-organizer of the Just Practice Collaborative, a training and mentoring group focused on sustaining a community of practitioners that provide community-based accountability and support structures for all parties involved with incidents and patterns of sexual, domestic, relationship, and intimate community violence. She is on the advisory boards of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Critical Resistance and the Chicago Community Bond Fund.


 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper


Ahram ParkAhram Park (M.Ed. '19) is a doctoral candidate in the Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her interest in examining the relationship between youth, citizenship, media, and social equality has also been fostered through her six-year collaboration at an alternative-to-detention afterschool program for youth ages 7-to-15 years old. Her dissertation was a participatory ethnographic study that highlighted the multi-consciousness of young people as they strive to live through their demographic identities, their involvement in digital and physical spaces, and their status in the justice system. She holds an M.A. degree in International Educational Development.



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Shirley Chisholm Award


Lisa EdstromLisa Edstrom (Ed.D. '18) began working at Barnard in 2006-2007 as a supervisor for student teachers in the Education Program. In 2008, she became the program's Certification Officer, guiding students through the NYS teacher certification process. Her teaching specialties include elementary education, urban education, and mathematics education. Her research focuses on public school parent activism and teacher education.






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