2012 David Weikart Achievement Awards
HighScope Press Release
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For Immediate Release
Barbara Rome and Margaret Fullerton Given the 2012 David Weikart Achievment Award
YPSILANTI, MI (May 3, 2012) ─ At a luncheon during the annual HighScope International Conference, the HighScope Educational Research Foundation presented the David Weikart Achievement Award to Barbara Rome, Toledo, Ohio, and Margaret Fullerton, Early Years, Belfast, Ireland.
The award is given to 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 which has resulted in a high quality experience for the children they serve. This year, two people were chosen for the award.
Barbara Rome has worked with Head Start for almost 45 years. In the beginning she went door-to-door recruiting children for the Head Start program. She and her team transported children to get their immunizations and medical needs. Before many people knew and understood the concept of active learning, Ms. Rome practiced it by taking the children she taught on field trips so she could teach them about their world in a concrete way.
Ms. Rome became a HighScope Certified Trainer in 1986. She has trained teachers in several states and in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Curriculum Supervisor for the E.O.P.A. Toledo-Lucas County Head Start Program.
When presenting the David Weikart Award to Ms. Rome, 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 her outstanding achievements during a career which has been dedicated to making sure children have the opportunity to learn, to grow, and to succeed in life.”
Margaret Fullerton is a qualified teacher in both primary and secondary education, and serves as the HighScope Consultant Trainer at HighScope Ireland, which means she is certified to train and certify new HighScope trainers.
As a HighScope trainer she has worked since 1994 delivering HighScope training in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In addition, in her current role, Margaret provides strategic support for HighScope and all the quality initiatives of the Early Years Organization. HighScope Ireland is based in Belfast at Early Years — the organization for young children, and is one of many HighScope Institutes worldwide. Established in 1999, HighScope Ireland is a non-profit organization. It brings together representatives from the voluntary, statutory, independent, and community sectors in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland who wish to enhance the quality of early childhood care and education through the HighScope approach.
When presenting the award to Ms. Fullerton, Clay Shouse stated that the award was given “In recognition of her ongoing support of the HighScope Foundation and its mission; her dedication to excellence and her perseverance in the implementation of the HighScope Curriculum in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; 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 which 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.
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