In granting the award, IARSLC wrote that the group’s work has “had local and national impacts as their scholarship has informed policy and practice in the development, adoption, and defense of ethnic studies requirements in K-12 schools.”
Penner, Dee, and Sanderson will be recognized during the IARSLCE virtual recognition event in January and will present their research to colleagues during the early part of 2021.
Penner studies educational inequality and policy, and considers the ways that policies, districts, schools, teachers, and parents can contribute to or ameliorate educational inequality. She is currently involved in projects examining teacher recruitment and retention in constrained labor and housing markets, how school sorting processes affect student opportunities to learn, and how educator-initiated curricula that center the cultural and historical experiences of traditionally marginalized students impact student outcomes.
The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), founded in 2005, is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement across the educational spectrum (primary, secondary, post-secondary, and further education).