2018 LORNE H. WOOLLATT DISTINGUISHED PAPER AWARD WINNER - Katie Filling, Baltimore County Public Schools
Congratulations to Katie Filling, the 2018 recipient of NERA’s Lorne H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award for the paper entitled, Ensuring Equity: Local School System’s Policies and Practices Related to Supporting Homeless Students and Families, which was co-authored by Maria Finger-Elam, also from Baltimore County Public Schools. The paper describes a mixed methods study using interviews and focus groups along with analysis of data to systematically identify current practices related to homeless students and propose improvements. The paper obtained high scores on all criteria evaluated by the award committee. The committee rates papers on relevance, theoretical backing, clarity, design, analytical procedures, and presentation of results and conclusion.
The Lorne H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award is named in honor of Lorne Woollatt, a distinguished New York State educator and NERA member. It is awarded annually, and a plaque is given to the recipient at the subsequent year’s conference. Research papers from the 2018 NERA conference were submitted by their authors to the award committee for this competitive award. the recipient also receives a stipend of $500 to present their paper at the one of the Distinguished Paper sessions at the AERA conference the following spring. Any questions about the award can be directed to the committee chair, Abby (Lau) Cahill at firstname.lastname@example.org.