Dr. Adam Gamoran, William T. Grant Foundation
Dr. Adam Gamoran to Receive 2013 Spencer Foundation Award from APPAM
October 2, 2013 09:00 AM
The Association of Public Policy and Analysis Management (APPAM) has selected Adam Gamoran, President of the William T. Grant Foundation, as the recipient of the 2013 Spencer Foundation Award. The Spencer Foundation Award recognizes noteworthy contributions through research and analysis in the field of education policy and management.
As part of the award, Gamoran has been invited to deliver a lecture at the APPAM Fall Research Conference in November. Entitled Educational Inequality in the Wake of No Child Left Behind, Gamoran will identify several ways researchers can take up the challenge brought about from the failure of NCLB and provide a broader context for understanding the need and possibilities for research on inequality among young people in the United States. The lecture will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC.
Adam Gamoran came to the Foundation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he held the John D. MacArthur Chair in Sociology and Educational Policy Studies. In a research career spanning three decades, Gamoran conducted a wide range of studies focusing on inequality in education and school reform. Among his major works were a series of studies on tracking and ability grouping that identified consequences for student achievement and revealed the mechanisms through which those consequences occurred.
Michael S. McPherson, president of the Spencer Foundation and a member of the award selection committee notes, “Adam Gamoran tackles issues and topics that have great policy significance in the areas of education research and policy, he is exceptionally versatile in the range of methods that he employs, and he writes accessibly and clearly. Throughout his career, Adam has pursued important questions, with a deep commitment to doing first-class science in the public interest."
APPAM President Paul T. Decker said, “Dr. Gamoran’s research is rigorous, insightful and serves as a model for academic scholarship in the field of education policy. His current work exemplifies the mission of the Association, fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.”
An elected member of the National Academy of Education, Dr. Gamoran was appointed twice by President Obama to the National Board for Education Sciences. He chaired the Independent Advisory Panel of the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education for the U.S. Department of Education, and he was a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education. In 2011, he led a Board committee that produced the influential, widely read report "Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics." Dr. Gamoran edited the 2007 book Standards-Based Reform and the Poverty Gap: Lessons for No Child Left Behind and has published in academic journals including the American Sociological Review, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Sociology of Education. He received his doctorate in sociology of education from the University of Chicago.