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Neely receives 2016 Outstanding Student Researcher Award

Posted On October 25, 2016
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Middle and Secondary Education doctoral student, Adrian Neely, and Educational Policy Studies doctoral student, Thais Council, were named the 2016 Outstanding Student Researcher, which recognizes promising educational researchers across Georgia.

The Georgia Educational Research Association (GERA) is a state affiliate of the national organization, the American Educational Research Association (AERA). This year’s theme, Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies, invited researchers to explore educational issues and develop an open-mindedness and willingness to change when the evidence indicates the need for change.

This year’s Outstanding Student Researcher Award recognizes the submission entitled, “That was Then, This is Now: A Comparative Analysis Juxtaposing Brown versus Board of Education with the Opportunity School District.” The paper examines the correlations, centered on race and equity, between the landmark Brown case in 1954 and the Opportunity School District (OSD) legislation proposed by Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal.  The OSD is modeled after the Recovery School District in New Orleans and the Achievement School District in Memphis. Neely states, “Examining how equity was framed in the development of legislation was revealing to discover how these policies led to divestment in African American education and disrupted the Black community.”

In addition, Neely was selected as a Health Policy Research Scholar, a new initiative led by Johns Hopkins University with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She will join other scholars from across the country to collaborate and innovate to solve persistent challenges and advance a “Culture of Health” – one that places well-being at the center of every aspect of life.

We are proud to recognize Adrian Neely as an emerging research scholar in Middle and Secondary Education.