Three organizations that created new ways of enhancing children’s education will be honored Jan. 26, 2012, by SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The Luminary Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.
The honorees are cited for creating research-based and innovative programs, which have served as longtime models for improving education:
- Joan Ganz Cooney and Sesame Workshop, the creators of the children’s public television program “Sesame Street”
- AVANCE, a parenting and early childhood program that supports at-risk Hispanic families
- Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, a nonprofit that supports education and therapeutic services for at-risk Dallas children.
“Our three Luminary recipients exemplify a superlative commitment to families and children. In setting the bar high to obtain strong educational outcomes, each one demonstrates the impact of using research to improve lives, from our youngest ones to their parents,” says David Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. “At a time when education is buffeted by winds of dissatisfaction, this year’s recipients offer solutions and hope.”