Kathleen Dunn Priestly Given the 2011 David Weikart Achievement Award
YPSILANTI, MI — At a luncheon during the annual HighScope International Conference, the HighScope Educational Research Foundation presented the David Weikart Achievement Award to Kathleen Dunn Priestley from Westfield, New Jersey.
The award is given annually to a person outside of the HighScope staff who the Foundation feels has demonstrated exemplary dedication to HighScope’s vision and mission. This dedication may be exhibited through excellence in their training activities, superior implementation of the HighScope curriculum in their setting, or outstanding leadership in their community that has resulted in a high quality experience for the children they serve.
Ms. Priestley has a long history with HighScope and has been active in all aspects of early childhood education in New Jersey. In her early career, she taught in typical kindergarten and first grade classrooms, as well as in preschool and kindergarten settings serving children with special needs. Later she became an Early Childhood Education Program Development Specialist, and Coordinator and Manager of Professional Development in Trenton, New Jersey. In January, 2005, Ms. Priestley was named Supervisor of Early Childhood Education for the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood Education. In 2008, Ms. Priestley left the Department of Education and formed KDP Consulting, LLC, providing educational consulting for early childhood and special education.
A graduate of Boston College with a BA in Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Ms. Priestley earned her Masters of Education degree, majoring in early childhood and special education, from Rutgers University. In addition to extensive post-graduate work, she completed the courses necessary to be a HighScope Certified Teacher and Certified Trainer.
When presenting the David Weikart Award to Ms. Priestley, Clay Shouse, Vice President of HighScope, stated that the award was given “In recognition of her ongoing support of the HighScope Foundation and its mission; her dedication to excellence in the implementation of the HighScope Curriculum in her community and throughout the State of New Jersey; and her outstanding achievements during a career which has been dedicated to making sure teachers have the knowledge needed to inspire children to learn, to grow and to succeed in life.
The HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that focuses on curriculum development, child and program assessment, publishing, professional development, and research for early childhood education. Its most well-known research is the Perry Preschool Study, a longitudinal study used by policy makers to justify investment in early childhood education.
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