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2012 Exemplary Leader

Harvey "Smokey" Daniels

Harvey “Smokey” Daniels is an extraordinary teacher leader, whose writing, presentations, and professional development work define a model for teaching and leadership development based on research, best practice, common sense, trust and respect.  An author, editor, and consultant, he is Professor of Education at Education at National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois (currently on leave).  Smokey served as Co-Director of the Illinois Writing for 26 years.  A prolific writer, he has authored or co-authored 17 books, beginning with Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms, now in its fourth edition.  In addition to books, he has contributed numerous articles and essays in professional journals.  A common thread runs through his writings:  literacy is accessible to all and it should offer joy to all.  In 1989, Smokey founded a summer residential retreat, the Walloon Institute.  During Walloon’s two decades, thousands of teachers from across the country were renewed and inspired, helping them create classrooms that were experiential and active with increased levels of choice and responsibility, leading to higher student achievement.  His commitment to exceptional teaching led Smokey to spearhead the creation of Best Practice High School in Chicago in 1966.  His belief in the leadership capacity of committed teachers launched the Center for City Schools, a dozen interrelated projects that supported teachers and parents in restructuring schools around Chicago and the mid-west.  In his numerous workshops and presentations, Smokey connects theory and practice in a way that embodies the kind of learning we envision for ourselves and our students.  Smokey Daniels: his work is visionary and his impact on the profession is of lasting significance.


2011 English Leadership Quarterly Best Article

Winners Anne Elrod Whitney and Bernard Badiali, both of Pennsylvania State University. “Writing as Teacher Leadership (October 2010 issue)

Anne Elrod Whitney is a former high school English teacher. Her research addresses written composition, the teaching of writing, and professional development in language arts.  This work has included studies in elementary, secondary, college and professional development settings, all sharing a particular focus on the relationships between writing and learning.  She teaches  undergraduate courses in secondary English education methods and a variety of graduate courses in the teaching of writing, English education, and research methods.



Honorable Mention: Alan Brown, graduate student in the College of Education, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Preparing First-Year English Teachers for the First Days: A Critical Review of English Journal--1995-2010. August 2010 issue of the ELQ.

Alan Brown is a doctoral candidate in English Education at The University of Alabama.  Originally from Summerfield, North Carolina, Alan is a former high school English teacher and basketball coach.  He received a B.S. in English and Secondary Education from Appalachian State University and a M.A. in English Education from Wake Forest University.  His primary research interests include aspects of secondary teacher education, ELA supervision, and adolescent literacy as well as various intersections of sport, education, and society.  He is currently in the process of completing his dissertation on core content area teachers/athletic coaches while teaching a secondary ELA methods course and supervising student teachers.


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