Dean Kathleen McCartney announced today the appointment of two Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty members to endowed chairs. Catherine Snow was named Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor and Daniel Koretz was named Henry Lee Shattuck Professor, the chair being vacated by Snow.
"This is one of the most fun things a dean gets to do," McCartney remarked at the time of the announcement, calling Professor Catherine Snow an "outstanding researcher, teacher, leader throughout her tenure at HGSE," and Professor Daniel Koretz "an outstanding scholar and teacher, who has enriched this community in numerous ways since joining the faculty in 2001."
The Graham Chair is named after longtime HGSE professor and former dean Patricia Albjerg Graham, who said of Snow's appointment, "It's a wonderful thing to see a scholar, a teacher, a mentor, a citizen of the United States, a citizen of the world, and, most importantly, a citizen of HGSE, accept this chair."
Snow is an expert on language and literacy development in children, bilingual education, language policy issues in the United States and developing nations, and testing policy. She has worked on national panels on reading difficulties in children and language and literacy skills among low-income children. Currently, she is focusing her efforts on improving middle-school literacy outcomes in partnership with other Boston area researchers and the Boston Public Schools.
Koretz's research focuses on educational assessment and policy, particularly high-stakes testing and its effect on schools, as well as the validity of the score gains. Koretz book, Measuring Up, released in 2008 takes a deep look at the key issues that affect students' scores. Currently, he is examining the design and evaluation of test-focused educational accountability systems.