Recipients include Perry Project Teacher, Education Technology CEO, and Education Reformer

YPSILANTI, MI, May 10, 2017 — HighScope recognizes individuals who have made a lifelong commitment to the field of early childhood education. Evelyn K. Moore, Dean Caldwell, and Antarina S.F. Amir received awards honoring their dedication to high-quality education on April 20 at the HighScope International Conference in Detroit.

“We believe that education, specifically high-quality early childhood education, has the power to change the world. It’s an honor to acknowledge those individuals who have made extraordinary, positive impacts in the lives of children,” said Cheryl Polk, PhD., HighScope President. “Throughout their careers, Evelyn Moore, Dean Caldwell, and Antarina Amir have made significant advancements in the field of early childhood education. Their forward thinking and passion for the profession make them the ideal recipients for recognition.”

Evelyn K. Moore, co-founder of the National Black Child Development Institute, is the recipient of the Charles Eugene Beatty Award. As one of the first teachers in the Perry Preschool Project, this award recognizes Ms. Moore’s pioneering contributions and commitment to ensuring equal educational opportunity as an innovative teacher and passionate advocate for early childhood education. Established in the spirit of Mr. Beatty, principal of Perry Elementary School, this award honors an individual’s courageous leadership on behalf of children and families.

Dean Caldwell, CEO of Red-e Set Grow, is the posthumous recipient of the HighScope Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented with great appreciation, this award commemorates his vision and lifetime commitment to improving the lives of children and educators through innovations in child assessment tools. Mr. Caldwell’s leadership in developing education technology at Red-e Set Grow will continue to support and inspire the field of early childhood education.

Antarina S.F. Amir, founder and managing director of HighScope Indonesia Institute, is the 2017 recipient of the David and Phyllis Weikart Achievement Award. Each year, this honorary award named for HighScope’s founder is given to an outstanding leader in the field of early childhood education. Ms. Amir is recognized for her dedication to HighScope’s mission through the advancement of child-centered education at the preschool, elementary, middle, and high school levels in Indonesia and beyond.

Each year, the HighScope International Conference provides a forum for educators to be inspired by the latest research in early childhood education and discover best practices for engaging young children through active learning. HighScope is proud to use this event as an opportunity to celebrate the notable achievements of passionate and influential professionals in the field of early childhood education.

About HighScope

HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an early childhood leader in pursuit of a world where all children have the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, and cognitively so they have satisfying, productive lives. HighScope supports the development of young children from birth through age eight by developing and providing quality, research-based, high-quality curricula, assessments, professional learning, and other supports in the context of families and their communities.

HighScope’s roots extend back to the Perry Preschool Project (1962–1967). Launched in Ypsilanti, Michigan and led by Ypsilanti Schools psychologist David Weikart and Perry Elementary School principal Charles Eugene Beatty, the Perry Preschool Project was one of the first early childhood programs in the United States intentionally designed to increase school success for preschool children living in poverty. Today, HighScope’s work can be found in classrooms throughout the United States and in educational settings around the globe.

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