Dr. Lakia Scott, recipient of 2019 Texas NAME Research Award
Dr. Lakia M. Scott, assistant professor in Baylor School of Education, received the Texas NAME Research Award on Friday, April 26, 2019. Scott was one of four difference-makers to be recognized, receiving the award for her prolific research focused on social issues in education, social justice, race, gender, and social class.
The Texas Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (TXNAME) is a state-affiliated chapter in Region 5 of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). The association promotes the understanding of unique cultural heritage, the eradication of discrimination, and the development of culturally sustaining curricula, among other things. Each year, the association awards educators and community leaders who stand for these values and inspire others to do the same.
Dr. Scott receives her award from Dr. Brandon Fox of Stephen F. Austin State University, director of Region 5 NAME.
Scott was honored in part for her extensive research with Baylor’s Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School, which provides a summer literacy program for students from culturally diverse and low socioeconomic backgrounds every summer in Waco. Additionally, Scott has conducted research in rural Ghana and has led research on human trafficking curriculum for high school students.
With over ten years of combined experience at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate teaching levels, Scott has made a difference in many people’s lives. She is also recognized as a scholar in the field of Urban Education, where she has a host of research publications, co-authored and co-edited books, book chapters, and educational evaluation reports.
“I am honored to have received this award and recognition for my work with the Freedom Schools program,” Scott said. “Perhaps more noteworthy is the impact this program has had on preservice teachers, program participants, and the shift in thinking about summer learning loss.”
Scott continues to impact her students, peers and community through her impressive research and expansive knowledge. With her work being far from done, Scott has already made plans that will continue to make a difference in people’s lives in the upcoming school year.
“In addition to a myriad of research articles that are empirically designed, in the upcoming school year I will take time to devote to a book project highlighting prominent research themes as demonstrated through freedom school programming,” Scott said.
—By Andi Risk
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