UM School of Education Dean Isaac Prilleltensky is Honored By National and Local Organizations

(November 22, 2010) — University of Education Dean Isaac Prilleltensky has been recognized for his leadership in education by both a well-known local group and a prominent national professional organization.

Dean Prilleltensky is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s John Kalafat Applied Psychology’s Practitioner Award, as well as the first ever “Education Catalyst” award from the Miami-based Human Services Coalition (HSC). The Catalyst award honors someone that has been a change agent in the education field. The prize will be awarded on Thursday, December 9 at 6 p.m. at 800 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. During the event, the HSC organization will celebrate the launch of its new name, Catalyst Miami.

The Kalafat Practitioner award honors an individual who exemplifies the characteristics of a mentor, teacher, and advocate, and especially one who is passionate about making the benefits of community accessible to all. The award will be given in June during the APA Division 27 conference in Chicago.

The prize is named for a Fellow of the Society for Community Research and Action of the American Psychological Association (APA), John Kalafat, whose life work integrated the research and principles of community psychology with their practical applications,

Prilleltensky was appointed dean of the University of Miami School of Education in 2006 and since then has trail-blazed new approaches to psychological and social health in the community. Prilleltensky has a clearly defined vision for the School of Education— to be a center of excellence in the study, promotion, and integration of educational, psychological, and physical well-being in multicultural communities. He applies a holistic view to the structure, function, and education systems of communities. Under his leadership, the School of Education operates more than $8 million in funded projects in areas such as special education, language development, math and science education, positive youth development, organizational capacity development, and disease prevention.

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