Current Laureates

The KDP Laureate Chapter includes 60 living educators who have made a significant and lasting impact on the profession of education. The distinguished members of the current KDP Laureate Chapter include the following individuals.


Newest Laureates

Dr. Alfredo Artiles
Gary Orfield
is Professor of Education, Law, Political Science, and Urban Planning, and Co-Director of The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, which is considered the nation’s leading research center on issues of civil rights and racial inequality. Orfield's principal interest is in the development and implementation of social policy, with a focus on the impact of policy on equal opportunity for success in American society. School desegregation and the implementation of civil rights laws have been central issues throughout his career. In 1997, Orfield was awarded the American Political Science Association's Charles Merriam Award for his “contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research.” He also received the 2007 Social Justice in Education Award by the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Shi Gendong
Dr. Angela Valenzuela
is Professor in the Educational Policy and Planning Program within the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a scholar–activist on behalf of students of color, particularly Mexican–American students. She is well known for her award-winning book Subtractive Schooling: U.S.–Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring. Valenzuela’s research characterizes the dominant experience of Mexican–American youth in schools as “subtracting schooling,” diametrically opposite to one that empowers them through deep bilingual/bicultural literacies. She serves as Director of both the Texas Center for Education Policy and the National Latino Education Research and Policy Project. She is a National Board Member of FairTest and has received the AERA Hispanic Research Issues SIG Research Award, and a Fulbright Award to the University of Guanajuato in Mexico.


KDP Laureate Chapter

Laureate Library
Read about the life and work of all of the current and former members of the KDP Laureate Chapter.