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Penn Graduate School of Education

Winners

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education recognizes innovators who unleash human potential through technology, methodology, and leadership. Since its creation, nearly 100 remarkable leaders in all fields of education have been recognized and celebrated, many of whom continue to play transformative roles today.

2020 Prize Winners

“Each of these winners has dedicated their careers to creating tools and opportunities to unlock the vast potential that exists inside every learner. They serve as an inspiration for how educators can respond creatively to meet our greatest educational challenges.”

—Pam Grossman, Dean, Penn GSE

 

Estela Mara Bensimon

Founder & Director, Center for Urban Education
University Professor & Dean’s Professor in Educational Equity
Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

Michelene T. H. Chi

Regents Professor, Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching at Arizona State University
Director of the Learning and Cognition Lab

Joseph S. Krajcik

Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education at Michigan State University
Founder and Director of the CREATE for STEM Institute

Past Prize Winners


Anant Agarwal

CEO and Co-Founder of edX
2016 Winner

Chris Anderson

Curator of TED
2017 Winner

Norman R. Augustine

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Retired, of Lockheed Martin Corporation
2006 Winner

Robert Beichner

Professor Physics Department, NC State University
2011 Winner

Terrel H. Bell

Former U.S. Secretary of Education
1988 Winner

Deborah Bial

President and Founder, The Posse Foundation
2013 Winner

Richard Blais

Vice President and Co-Founder, Project Lead The Way
2008 Winner

Patricia M. Bolanos

Principal, Key and Renaissance Schools, Indianapolis, Indiana
1994 Winner

James E. (Gene) Bottoms

Director, High Schools That Work program, Southern Regional Education Board
1995 Winner

Barbara T. Bowman

Co-Founder, Erikson Institute
2005 Winner

Ernest L. Boyer

Former U.S. Commissioner of Education
1995 Winner

Sarita E. Brown

President, Excelencia in Education
2009 Winner

Barbara Bush

Founder, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
1997 Winner

Geoffrey Canada

President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc.
2004 Winner

JW Carmichael, Jr.

Professor, Xavier University
1997 Winner

Alberto Carvalho

Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools
2016 Winner

Christopher Cerf

Executive Producer, Between the Lions
2010 Winner

Yvonne Chan

Principal, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center
1996 Winner

Kenneth B. Clark

Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus, CUNY
1989 Winner

Carl A. Cohn

Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District
2001 Winner

James P. Comer

Associate Dean, Yale School of Medicine, Yale Child Study Center
1990 Winner

Sister Mary Brian Costello

R.S.M., Chief of Staff, Archdiocese of Chicago
1993 Winner

Helen Crouch

President, Literacy Volunteers of America
1988 Winner

Christine Cunningham

Founder and Director of Engineering is Elementary
2017 Winner

Timothy Daly

President, The New Teacher Project
2012 Winner

Sharon Darling

President and Founder, National Center for Family Literacy
1993 Winner

Alfredo de los Santos, Jr.

Vice Chancellor for Student and Educational Development
1998 Winner

Lois B. DeFleur

President, Binghamton University, State University of New York
2007 Winner

Mary E. Diez

Dean of Education, Alverno College
1995 Winner

Mark A. Edwards

Superintendent, Henrico County Public Schools
2003 Winner

Elliot W. Eisner

Professor of Education and Art, Stanford
1998 Winner

Paul A. Elsner

Chancellor, Maricopa Community College District
1998 Winner

Mike Feinberg

Co-Founder, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)
2013 Winner

Booth Gardner

Governor of Washington
1993 Winner

Libia Socorro Gil

Superintendent, Chula Vista Elementary School District, California
2002 Winner

John I. Goodlad

Director, Center for Educational Renewal, University of Washington
1999 Winner

Arthur Graesser

Professor, Department of Psychology and the Institute of Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis
2018 Winner

Arthur Greenberg

Superintendent of Schools, Community School District 25, Flushing, New York
1998 Winner

Judith Berry Griffin

President and Founder, Pathways to College
2008 Winner

Kati Haycock

Director, The Education Trust
2003 Winner

Shirley A. Hill

Curators’ Professor of Education and Mathematics, University of Missouri-Kansas City
1992 Winner

Gerry House

President and CEO, Institute for Student Achievement
1999 Winner

Harold Howe II

Former U.S. Commissioner of Education
1994 Winner

Freeman Hrabowski

President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2001 Winner

James B. Hunt, Jr.

Governor of North Carolina
1999 Winner

Donald W. Ingwerson

Superintendent of Schools, Los Angeles County, California
1996 Winner

Sharon Lynn Kagan

Co-director of the National Center for Children and Families
2005 Winner

Clark Kerr

President Emeritus, University of California
1990 Winner

Sal Khan

Founder and Executive Director, Khan Academy
2012 Winner

Wendy Kopp

President and Founder, Teach For America
2006 Winner

Judith Taack Lanier

Dean of Education, Michigan State University; President, Michigan Partnership for New Education
1991 Winner

Chris Lehmann

Founding Principal, Science Leadership Academy
2014 Winner

Dave Levin

Co-Founder, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)
2013 Winner

Janet E. Lieberman

Founder, The Middle College High School
2004 Winner

Linda Darling-Hammond

Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University
2009 Winner

Dennis Littky

Co-Director, The “MET” and Big Picture Learning; Founder and President, College Unbound
2002 Winner

Robert H. McCabe

President, Miami-Dade Community College District
1991 Winner

Robert Mendenhall

President, Western Governors University
2010 Winner

John Merrow

Education Correspondent, PBS NewsHour; President, Learning Matters
2012 Winner

Ellen Moir

Executive Director, New Teacher Center, University Of California, Santa Cruz
2005 Winner

Robert Moses

Founder and President, “The Algebra Project”
2004 Winner

Vincent D. Murray

Principal of Henry W. Grady High School
2006 Winner

Diana Natalicio

President, The University of Texas at El Paso
1997 Winner

Rod Paige

Superintendent Houston Independent School District
2000 Winner

Thomas W. Payzant

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
1992 Winner

Claiborne Pell

United States Senator (D-RI)
1988 Winner

Charles B. Reed

Chancellor, California State University (CSU) System
2008 Winner

Shirley A. Reed

President, South Texas College
2013 Winner

Timothy Renick

Senior Vice President for Student Success and Professor, Georgia State University
2018 Winner

Joseph S. Renzulli

Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education
2009 Winner

Mitchel Resnick

Professor of Learning Research, MIT Media Lab
2011 Winner

Richard W. Riley

Governor of South Carolina
1989 Winner

Roy Romer

Governor of Colorado
1996 Winner

Larry Rosenstock

CEO and Founder, High Tech High
2010 Winner

Kathleen A. Ross

President, Heritage College
1989 Winner

Ariela Rozman

CEO, The New Teacher Project
2012 Winner

Reshma​ ​Saujani​

​Founder​ ​and​ ​CEO​, ​Girls​ ​Who​ ​Code
2018 Winner

Andreas Schleicher

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD
2014 Winner

Sandy Shugart

President of Valencia College
2017 Winner

Theodore R. Sizer

Professor of Education, Brown University; Chairman Emeritus, Coalition of Essential Schools
1991 Winner

Eric J. Smith

Superintendent, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
2002 Winner

Reynauld Smith

Social Studies and Advanced Placement American History Teacher
2007 Winner

Vivien Stewart

Vice President for Education Asia Society
2007 Winner

Mary Catherine Swanson

Founder and Director, AVID
2001 Winner

Alicia Thomas

Principal, Jackson-Keller Elementary School, San Antonio, Texas
1994 Winner

Sara Martinez Tucker

CEO, National Math + Science Initiative
2014 Winner

Carol A. Twigg

President and CEO, Center for Academic Transformation
2003 Winner

Richard C. Wallace, Jr.

Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania
1990 Winner

Sandy Weill

Chairman and CEO, Citigroup, Inc.
2000 Winner

Vera M. White

Principal, Jefferson Junior High School
1997 Winner

Sakena Yacoobi

Founder and Director of Afghan Institute of Learning
2016 Winner

Julie Young

President and CEO of Florida Virtual School
2011 Winner

Edward Zigler

Sterling Professor of Psychology, Yale University
1992 Winner