Dr. Gordon Porter to Receive CEA Whitworth Award for Research in Education

    Renowned Leader of Inclusive Education Movement will be Honoured at the
    New Brunswick Association for Community Living's (NBACL) awards ceremony
    in Fredericton.

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Canadian Education Association (CEA) President
Carolyn Duhamel will present the Whitworth Award to Dr. Porter tonight at the
Old Government House as part of the NBACL ceremony, which will honour
individuals who have successfully furthered the goal of inclusive education at
the community level in New Brunswick. This event is one of many taking place
across Canada during National Inclusive Education Week from February 17-23,
    Dr. Porter is the Director of Inclusive Education Initiatives, Canadian
Association for Community Living; Chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights
Commission; and a retired professor at the University of Maine. The Whitworth
Award recognizes Dr. Porter's substantial contribution to the inclusive
education movement nationally and internationally at both a conceptual level -
by broadening and re-defining our understanding of disability and inclusive
education - and at the practical level. Using in-class participatory research,
he developed training programs for principals, teachers and parents, resulting
in an extensive set of research and professional development materials on
building inclusive classrooms.
    "The Canadian Education Association is very proud to recognize an
individual who has devoted his life to ensuring that children with
disabilities can thrive in any classroom and contribute to the achievement of
all students," said Duhamel, adding: "we are grateful that Dr. Porter's
passion for inclusive education research and advocacy will serve to influence
policies in Canada and on the world stage for generations to come."
    Each year since 1967, CEA has honoured noteworthy contributions to
educational research in Canada. Dr. Porter is the co-winner of the 2007
Whitworth award alongside Dr. Claude Trottier, a professor in the Faculty of
Educational Sciences at Laval University, who is being recognized for his
significant research contribution in understanding youth pathways from high
school to post-secondary education and the workforce. Dr. Trottier will
receive his Whitworth Award in the spring of 2008.

    Founded in 1891, the Canadian Education Association is a bilingual,
non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst, facilitator and leader in
shaping public and professional discourse about education in Canada. CEA
applies this core objective to its current focus of influencing a rethinking
of adolescent learning.

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For further information: Media Contact: Max Cooke, Director of
Communications (bilingual), Tel: (416) 591-6300 ext. 225, Cell: (416)
508-8404, E-mail: mcooke@cea-ace.ca

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