Sister Joel Read Oustanding Educator Award

The Alverno College Board of Trustees instituted the Award to recognize and honor educators who have brought significant improvements to education through their leadership, practice and scholarship.  It honors Sister Joel Read, who served as President of Alverno College from 1968 to 2003 and led the implementation of the College’s groundbreaking “ability-based” curriculum.  Since its start in 1973 it has inspired educators at hundreds of colleges and universities here and abroad. 

Award Presentation Dinner

Thursday, April 18, 2013, Sister Joel Read Center, Alverno College

5:30 - 6:30 p.m Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Program: A dialogue between Sister Joel Read and Howard Gardner, moderated by Alan Borsuk

Educators throught the community are invited to take part in the first presentation of the Outsanding Educator Award to Howard Gardner. The dinner will feature an extended discussion on the topic of higher education and individual potential.

Tickets are available ($75 each) and can be purchased by calling Ann Yezzi at (414) 382-6096. For additional event information, please email

The Inaugural Recipient: Howard Gardner

As the inaugural recipient of Alverno College’s Sister Joel Read Outstanding Educator Award, Howard Gardner epitomizes the qualities it honors.  Best known for his theories of multiple intelligences, his wide-ranging work also has synthesized insights from numerous fields to illuminate our understanding of aesthetics, ethics, leadership and more.  Throughout his work he has recognized the central role educators play in human development.  He has inspired countless teachers at all levels and provided the foundation for innovations in teaching the disciplines, understanding student progress and assessing it developmentally, and integrating ethical development into school cultures and curricula.

Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is widely considered one of the leading educational theorists of our time.  He was selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of the top 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world in the years 2005 and 2008.  He was an early MacArthur Prize Fellowship winner in 1981 and has received honorary degrees from twenty-nine colleges and universities around the world.