Distinguished Alumni Awards: Denny Taylor (Family and Community Education) Teachers College, Columbia University


Distinguished Alumni Awards: Denny Taylor (Family and Community Education) Teachers College, Columbia University

Teachers College, Columbia University Academic Festival 2019

On April 13, Teachers College hosted another incredible Academic Festival. Our 2019 theme, Creating Pathways for All to Flourish, spotlighted the many ways TC alumni, faculty and students are forging paths toward better health (mental and physical), government representation, education, environmental protection and more. During this special event, we also honored our 2019 Alumni Award recipients and screened Personal Statement, a powerful documentary about the college guidance gap. This photo album contains just a few highlights from the day.


Distinguished Alumni Award Speech

For her vital scholarship on families impacted by armed conflict and poverty, Denny Taylor (Ed.D. '81, Family and Community Education) received the Distinguished Alumni Award during this year's Academic Festival. Learn more about Taylor, her career and this year's other honorees: https://bit.ly/2IHtcKg


2019 Distinguished Alumni Awardees: Denny Taylor

Denny Taylor’s (Ed.D. ’81, Family and Community Education) family literacy research is used throughout the world as 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 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Since 1977 she has been continuously engaged in research with families living in extreme poverty, and in regions of armed conflict and weather-related catastrophes. 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 received the MLA Mina Shaughnessy Award (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. A retrospective of her research, From Family Literacy to Earth System Science, is on her website. In 2013 she co-founded Garn Press, which has published many award winning books by teachers and scientists. She is also Professor Emerita of Specialized Programs in Education at Hofstra University. In 2019, she was named a recipient of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy (NCRLL) Distinguished Scholar Award.

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