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Horace Mann League to Recognize Three Educators at Annual Luncheon in San Diego

The Horace Mann League will present its annual awards at the organization’s luncheon on Friday, Feb. 16 in San Diego.

With a theme of “Unlocking Excellence: A Confluence of Minds,” the 2024 annual meeting and luncheon is set to run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Marquis.

The luncheon’s principal remarks will be delivered by Alfredo Artiles of Stanford University and James A. Banks of the University of Washington. Both are expected to share their insights on fostering excellence in learning environments.

The award winners are as follows:

• Outstanding Friend of Public Education: Alfredo J. Artiles, the Lee L. Jacks professor of education at Stanford University. His research examines equity paradoxes created by education policies.  At Stanford, he directs Learning Differences and the Future of Special Education Initiative and the Research Institute of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity.

• Outstanding Public Educator: James A. Banks, the Kerry and Linda Killinger endowed chair in diversity studies emeritus and founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington (now known as the Banks Center for Educational Justice).

• Friend of the League: Matthew Krise for his support over several years. Krise serves as chief revenue officer at Edison Learning and is the executive director of the Mid-American Association of School Superintendents. Over the past several years, he has gathered support for the Horace Mann League's annual meeting through his connections with sponsors.

The Horace Mann League, founded in 1922, is celebrating its 102nd year at this annual meeting. The Horace Mann League of the USA is an honorary association of leaders who believe that the public school system is the cornerstone of our democracy, that the American public school system is critical to the ideals of democracy and that our public schools should be dominated by such purposes that will ensure the preparation of children and youth for effective citizenship in our democracy.

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