CTN peer mentor, Angela Valenzuela, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at UT at Austin, has been named a member of the National Academy of Education. 

Of the recognition, Valenzuela says, “I am deeply honored by this recognition from the National Academy of Education. Objectively, it means that I join an elite, distinguished group of scholars whose work has made large and significant impacts on the field of education. Personally, I take it to mean that my scholarly contributions to research and policy advocacy are impactful and highly valued. I couldn’t be more honored.”

Victor Saenz, chair of ELP, says, “Dr. Valenzuela’s election to the National Academy is a well-deserved recognition of an outstanding career and legacy of scholarship, leadership, and service to the field. This is a significant and well-deserved honor; she is a role model to us all.”

The National Academy of Education (NAEd) advances high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Founded in 1965, the NAEd consists of U.S. members and international associates who are elected on the basis of scholarship related to education. The Academy undertakes research studies to address pressing educational issues and administers professional development fellowship programs to enhance the preparation of the next generation of education scholars. (https://texasedequity.blogspot.com/2021/03/valenzuela-named-to-national-academy-of.html)

“This diverse group of scholars is at the forefront of those who are improving the lives of students in the United States and abroad through their outstanding contributions to education scholarship and research,” Ladson-Billings, President of the National Academy of Education, said.

An induction ceremony for new members will take place during the 2021 NAEd Annual Meeting in November.

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