(Transcript of presentation speech by Robert Brooke, NeWP Director)
We recognize Chris Gallagher for his many contributions to the Nebraska Writing Project throughout his decade at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr.Gallagher has worked tirelessly to improve the professional lives of teachers, both through Nebraska Writing Project programs and through his work with the State Department of Education. During his time here in Nebraska, Chris Gallagher facilitated several Nebraska Writing Project institutes; spearheaded several statewide programs guiding assessment of education; and served on many graduate committees for Nebraska Writing Project teachers.
Chris Gallagher was nominated for this 2009 Certificate of Special Recognition by Co-Director Susan Martens-Baker, institute facilitator Shari Stenberg, and Director Robert Brooke. The nominators emphasize how much Chris Gallagher’s work here in Nebraska has been aimed at the improvement of the professional lives of teachers. From the Goals 2000 Local Assessment project he designed in his first years in Nebraska, through his assessment of the statewide assessment system and the publication of Reclaiming Assessment in 2007, to his current work with University assessment, Dr. Gallagher has guided our state towards sensible educational policy. For one brief shining moment, when Nebraska’s STARS system was in place, our state even led the nation in setting policies that valued the professional experience of teachers. Nebraska is a better place because Chris Gallagher worked here.
We’re very pleased to be able to recognize Chris Gallagher with a 2009 Nebraska Writing Project Certificate of Special Recognition.