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October, 2019

Lorrie Sheppard – 2016 Margaret Willard Award Winner

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Margaret Willard Award is Lorrie Shepard, Distinguished Professor and Dean of the University of Colorado School of Education. Lorrie was nominated by Karon Johnson.

One can trace the path of Dr. Shepard through the School of Education and see the parallel growth and recognition of the institution in academic circles. Dr. Shepard earned a MA in Counseling, and PhD in Research and Evaluation Methodology at CU.  After graduation and working for the California Department of Education, Lorrie joined the faculty of the School of Education. She has been Chair of Research and Evaluation Methodology from 1975 to the present, the Director of Graduate Studies, and is Dean of the School of Education. US News and World Reports 2016 ranks the School of Education 28th and the graduate program, Education Policy, 10th in the nation.

Lorrie has led the effort to bring top research and teaching faculty to the school. Under her leadership, exemplary programs are improving K-12 education and teacher training in local schools. The faculty scholarly productivity is ranked 10th. The number of grants has increased. She has secured funding for faculty and student research, allowing graduate students to study full time. STEM has increased cooperation with other departments. Partnerships with pre-K to 12 local schools have been strengthened, utilizing master teachers and graduate students in undergrad teacher education. Other community partnerships include CU Engage and the BUENO Center.

Lorrie has been president and received awards from the major education groups including AERA, NCME, ETS, AACTE. She has conducted extensive large-scale studies on learning disabilities, grade retention, kindergarten screening and teacher testing, and use/ misuse of tests in educational settings. Most recently her research studies have addressed use of classroom assessment to support teaching and learning.

Lorrie is a role model for students and faculty, professionally and personally. She leads through example, encouragement, and being part of a working group. Faculty and students are enabled to do their best and to improve research, teaching, and learning.