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Chancellor receives 2017 Friends of Education Award from the School

May 5, 2017

LAWRENCE - Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Shade Keys Little are the recipients of the KU School of Education Friends of Education Award. They were nominated for the award by members of School of Education’s faculty and administration for their distinguished record of professional leadership, service and support of education in Kansas.

“During their years in Lawrence, Shade Little and Bernadette Gray-Little have been strong supporters of PK-12 education and the work of the School of Education,” said Dean Rick Ginsberg. “Through the Chancellor’s leadership at KU, connections to schools all across Kansas have been strengthened. Faculty have been encouraged to work with local schools. She has been a great spokesperson for all education in Kansas. Both Shade and Bernadette have personally been involved with the Lawrence Public Schools, and Shade has worked with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, helping children through their educational years. The School of Education is proud to honor Shade Keys Little and Bernadette Gray-Little as this year’s Friends of Education.”

Gray-Little, the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, has announced she will step down from the position in summer 2017. Since arriving at the University of Kansas in 2009, Chancellor Gray-Little has advanced KU’s mission of lifting students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

Through the Bold Aspirations strategic plan, KU has changed the way it prepares students, fosters research and scholarship across all disciplines, and shares the benefits of a flagship university with the state and world.


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#1 public program in nation for special education
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Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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