Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- December 7, 2000

Cal State Long Beach Professor Named Recipient of NEA Foundation's William G. Carr Award

Arnold Kaminsky, a professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at California State University, Long Beach, has been selected this year's winner of the William G. Carr Award presented by the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation for the Improvement of Education.

A Cal State Long Beach faculty member since 1986, Kaminsky was presented with the award during the foundation's sixth annual Salute to Excellence in Education gala on Thursday, Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C. He was honored along with two other educators and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, who is receiving the first NEA Foundation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education.

Named after the former NEA leader, the William G. Carr Award recognizes a teacher-leader in professional development. It is presented annually to a NEA Foundation grantee whose work has contributed to some aspect of international understanding, global education or peace.

Kaminsky noted the increasing growth of the Asian student population in Long Beach schools and cited a need for integrating Southeast Asian history and culture into existing middle and high school courses.

He then used his foundation Leadership Grant, awarded in June 1998, to collaborate with eight teachers from the Long Beach Unified School District to create a plan that would relate the Asian curriculum to the state and district content standards for social science and history.

Among his grant activities were a mapping exercise to determine how Southeast Asian history might be integrated into the existing curriculum, participation in several district mentor training/faculty development workshops, and shadowing a teacher to better understand the middle school classroom context.

After the initial grant, Kaminsky and his team used its findings to secure additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop specific teaching units on Southeast Asian history and culture.

He and the team also conducted a series of curriculum development workshops for a select group of sixth-, seventh- and 10th-grade teachers. The workshops were led by internationally known scholars on South Asia.

"The award acknowledges work that has inspired pride among other educators; represents a unique and high quality professional growth opportunity; and results in creative, long-lasting collegial learning," noted Carol Edwards, director of programs for the foundation. "Dr. Kaminsky's effort to improve the instruction of Southeast Asian history in the Long Beach middle schools, and to facilitate collaboration between university and K-12 faculty embodies all of these qualities."

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