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Diana Slaughter Kotzin Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Kotzin has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in education and social policy

    LOS ANGELES, CA, August 06, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Diana Slaughter Kotzin with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Kotzin celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Kotzin's research interests included culture, primary education, and home-school relations facilitating in-school academic achievement. Before joining Penn in 1998, Dr. Slaughter taught for 20 years at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy (1977-97). Prior to joining Northwestern, she had served on the faculties of the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University in Washington, D.C. (1967-68), the Child Study Center at Yale University (1968-70), and the Committee on Human Development and Department of Education at the University of Chicago (1970-77). At Northwestern, she was a member of the Institute for Policy Research Studies and the Department of African American Studies. She concluded a collaborative research evaluation of the Comer School Development Program, a parent-focused school reform model implemented in several lower-income Chicago schools. Papers were presented at the International Conference on the Study of Behavioral Development in Beijing, China (summer 2000) and at the 2001 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.

In 1994, the American Psychological Association cited her for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. Dr. Slaughter has been an elected member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development, and a member of the Board of the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh.

She has completed government-funded research in the area of middle school-aged children and families' experiences in diverse urban private school settings. Her publications include an edited volume on this topic (Greenwood Press, 1988) that is a "classic first." Ethnographic research in Philadelphia with post-doctoral fellows focused on the study of the learning environments in the primary grades of two Philadelphia elementary schools that were successfully serving 40 percent or more lower-income and African-American children.

Formerly a member of several editorial boards, including Child Development (associate editor), Applied Developmental Psychology, Educational Researcher, and NHSA Dialog: A Research-To-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, she is currently a member of Human Development.

The Go-Girl project is discussed in a fall/winter 2010/11 special issue on the effects of voluntary mentoring on mentors (Slaughter is guest editor) of Educational Horizons. The 2007 Summer Freedom School project was the subject of a 26-minute film emphasizing quality education for African American youth, sponsored by PennGSE and the Penn Center for Community Partners, and entitled Shaw Freedom School 2007: Building a Village-The Value of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for Teaching Black Children.

Since retirement, she has edited: Black Educational Choice: Assessing the Private and Public Alternatives to K-12 Public Schools (Praeger, 2011) with colleagues; Messages for Educational Leadership: The Constance E. Clayton Lectures, 1998-2007 (Peter Lang Publishers, 2012); and Racial Stereotypes and Child Development (Karger Press, 2012). Her professional files are archived at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Rare Book and Manuscript Library; Northwestern University Archives, Evanston, IL; and the Amistad Research Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. These files span a 40-plus year career in academia and higher education.

She received a B.A. from the Committee on Human Development, University of Chicago, in 1962; an M.A. from the Committee in 1964; and the Ph.D. from the Committee with emphasis on Developmental and Clinical Psychology in 1968; in 1969 her dissertation received a distinguished research award from Pi Lambda Theta. In June 2007, the University of Chicago awarded her its Lifetime Professional Achievement Citation. In 2012 she was elected to the USA National Academy of Education.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Kotzin has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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