November 13, 2007
For immediate release
Dr. Sheridan Blau of UC Santa Barbara’s The Gevirtz School honored with a Distinguished Service award by the National Council of Teachers of English
Dr. Sheridan Blau, Professor of Education and English at UC Santa Barbara and Director of the South Coast Writing Project (SCWriP), has been honored with a Distinguished Service Award by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This award recognizes a person who has exhibited valuable professional service to the profession, scholarly or academic distinction, distinctive use of the language, and excellence in teaching. The award will be presented during NCTE’s Annual Convention to be held in New York City on Friday, November 16. Along with his other work with the organization, Blau has served as its Vice-President, President-Elect, and President.
Blau founded (and continues to direct) the South Coast Writing Project – a professional development program for outstanding teachers of writing from all disciplines and all levels of education – at UCSB in 1979. A former director of the campus Composition Program (1984-90), he also served for over twenty years as program head of the UCSB teacher-education program in English. He has served as the senior consultant for the development of California’s statewide language arts assessment, and founded and served as Director of the National Literature Project. A specialist in English education, his research and publications range across such topics as seventeenth century literature, composition theory, professional development for teachers, and the teaching of composition and literature. His most recent book for teachers and scholars, The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers, was named by the Conference on English Education as the winner of the 2004 Richard Meade Award for distinguished research in English education.
Since 1911, NCTE has worked to advance teaching, research, and student achievement in English language arts at all scholastic levels. The organization provides awards and grants, funds research, disseminates knowledge through the internet, conferences, and print publications, and helps create partnerships and alliances that bring together educators, researchers, and policy makers.
[Sheridan Blau is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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