An annual lecture honoring inspirational teacher and mentor June Fox, former dean of the Division of Education and Special Education.
Lesley has been educating educators since 1909, and understands the importance of tradition. We also have a history of commitment to equity in education. The Annual June Fox Lecture combines tradition with commitment by honoring Professor Emerita June T. Fox, a distinguished member of the Lesley faculty and dean of the Division of Education and Special Education, the precursor of the Graduate School of Education.
June T. Fox earned a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Education from Ohio State University in 1967, with a specialization in Foundations of Education and Curriculum Theory and a focus on the works of John Dewey and Jerome Bruner. As a Lesley faculty member, Dr. Fox stressed the important role of education in a democratic society. As dean, her wise guidance fostered a sense of community, respect, and support among the faculty. Her consistent encouragement of faculty teaching and research was indispensable in the success of numerous large-scale school initiatives, including the Technology in Education program, the Cambridge/Lesley Literacy Project, the Center for Reading Recovery, the Multicultural Institute for Change, and the Say Yes to Education project. One of her major goals, she once said, was to "create great teachers," the kind who can "help save a nation." Those who knew her when she was here say she believed teachers can make a big difference for children—especially Lesley teachers. She felt they stood out among their peers, and that the schools who hired them were fortunate to have them.At the state level, Dr. Fox worked with the Department of Education on many key task forces, including the Boston Higher Education Partnership Grants, the Lucretia Crocker Fellowship Program, and the Turning Points Project. Since her retirement, she has been an active proponent and participant in continuing education for elders through The Institute of Learning and Retirement at Northwestern University.
The June Fox lectures began in 1997 under the auspices of Dean William Dandridge, to recognize Dr. Fox's rigorous and
complete commitment to teacher preparation and her untiring efforts to
sustain a progressive vision of education in a diverse and democratic
society.The first of its kind for the School of Education, the series has presented a sterling
lineup of speakers who have attracted generous audiences. The June Fox Committee, which is made up of volunteers, many of whom worked with June, looks for those with an understanding of and commitment to education, particularly the role of teachers and their impact on children's lives. The speakers have included educators, authors, and others, distinctive in various fields. See below for a list of speakers and their topics. Also
included in each year's event is the presentation of the June Fox
Scholarship Award, given to a student in one of Lesley's Collaborative Internship programs, which Dr. Fox was instrumental in starting. Two book awards honor former deans William
Dandridge and Mario Borunda, one of which goes to a student in an early
childhood setting and one of which goes to a student in an urban
Jeffrey P. Howard
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