Carol Lee Receives DuSable Museum Award

Carol Lee Receives DuSable Museum Award

Carol Lee

The DuSable Museum of African American History is honoring SESP professor Carol Lee with its top 2014 award, the Dogon Award. This award will be presented at the Night of 100 Stars Awards event on April 5, an annual celebration that benefits the museum’s programs and exhibits.

Lee, the Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, is widely known for her theory of cultural modeling. This theory provides a framework for curriculum design that draws on knowledge that underserved students bring to classrooms. Her research is proving that urban children use their personal experiences to learn and excel in school.

Lee is active in the school reform movement in Chicago Public Schools and taught in both public and private schools before assuming a university career. She is a founder and former director of an African-centered independent school in Chicago, New Concept School, as well as a founder of an African-centered charter school, the Betty Shabazz International Charter School. She engages in professional development activity for teachers both locally and nationally.

In 2007, Lee was named to the National Academy of Education, a prestigious organization limited to 200 U.S. members. She is also a fellow of the National Conference of Research on Language and Literacy and a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences.

Lee is the author of two books, Culture, Literacy and Learning and Signifying as a Scaffold for Literary Interpretation. She is the co-editor, with Peter Smagorinsky, of Neo-Vygotskian Perspectives on Literacy Research and the author of numerous journal articles.

Several major awards have recognized her contributions to education. These include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence, the National Council of Teachers of English Distinguished Service Award, and the AERA Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award. She has been a member of the faculty of the School of Education and Social Policy and African American Studies at Northwestern University since 1991. 

The DuSable Museum, located at 740 East 56th Place in Chicago, is dedicated to promoting understanding of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs and activities that illustrate African American history, culture and art.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 4/3/14