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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: MARCH 5, 2002


Jane Norwood, vice chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education, was named one of three recipients for the National Association of State Boards of Education's Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions and ongoing dedication of those who serve on state boards of education across the nation.

State Board of Education Chairman Phil Kirk said he couldn't think of a more worthy recipient for this award. "Jane has taken an active role in public education for over 35 years - first as a second grade teacher and now as a member of the State Board of Education," Kirk said. "She has exemplified personal and professional leadership in all State Board activities."

NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn said, "In highlighting the achievements of these very special board members, we honor the dedication of those men and women who give tirelessly of their time and energy to make the critical policy decisions affecting the education of the more than 53 million students in America's public schools." Welburn added that the award also "reaffirms the ideal that one dedicated person - Jane Norwood - can make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of young people."

Norwood began her career in education in 1965 as a second grade teacher. She later taught at a number of colleges and universities in North and South Carolina. She holds a master's degree in education and a doctoral degree in the field of Psychology and Reading. Currently, she is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University with specific responsibilities of monitoring student teachers assigned to classrooms in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Gaston Counties. She has held numerous leadership roles since joining the State Board of Education in 1990, including her current role as vice chairman. She is involved with a number of professional organizations and has participated in several international study tours. Her vitae includes an extensive list of presentations, as well as specific projects, consultations, and workshops in the areas of teacher preparation, testing, reading and principalship.

The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America's state and territorial boards of education. Its principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, promote excellence in the education of all students, and assure responsible lay governance of education.

For more information, please contact Jane Worsham, executive director of the State Board of Education, 919.807.3400.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.