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KSU Dean to Receive Charter Award

Dr. Arlinda J. Eaton is the dean of the Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University.

The dean of Kennesaw State University's Bagwell College of Education today will receive the 2012 Charter Schools Impact Award from the Georgia Charter Schools Association.

Dr. Arlinda J. Eaton is one of five school choice advocates who will receive the honor during the association's 10th anniversary conference at the Georgia World Congress Center. Other recipients include Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and Rep. Jan Jones (R-Milton).

Under Eaton's tenure at Bagwell, the school partnered with the Georgia Charter Schools Association and Lake Oconee Academy in Greene County to train a new generation of charter school leaders. A United States Department of Education Dissemination Grant for promoting research-validated practices in high performing charter schools supports the project.

The association's gathering comes as Georgians prepare to go to the polls next month to vote on a . In May 2011, the state's highest court struck down the Georgia Charter Schools Commission as unconstitutional.

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Mike Dishman October 05, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Mr. Thrash - Thank you for the kind article. While GCSA's press release grouped "Impact" award winners, please note that Dean Eaton's award was not the same sort of award given to the other "Impact" winners, which you characterize as honoring "school choice advocates." Rather, Dean Eaton was honored with GCSA's first Impact "Bridge" Award, recognizing an individual who seeks to "bridge" the perceived gap between traditional and charter public schools, focusing instead on the common mission of student achievement. Dean Eaton was honored as an educator whose work demonstrates the potential of collaborative practice between the traditional and charter sectors (including charter districts, conversion charters, and start-up charters), which is often lost in the political discord surrounding this issue. She was specifically recognized for her work on a joint traditional-charter public school leader program supported by federal/state education funds seeking to disseminate validated "best practices" improving student achievement in charter schools - a program jointly enrolling and supporting leaders from all Georgia's public education sectors (traditional, charter district, conversion charter, and start-up charter). Please contact me if I can be of further assistance or if you have other questions. Mike L. Dishman, J.D., Ed.D. Professor of Education Policy & Governance Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership Bagwell College of Education

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