Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Leaders Remembered

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Leaders Remembered

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Claire Ellen Weinstein

Jewish teaching tells us....

When we have achievements that are based on theirs we remember them.

For as long we live, they, too, will live,

for they are now part of us as we remember them.

How many of our achievements in this field are based on the work of Dr. Claire Ellen Weinstein? How many times has someone used her work to make a class, a program, or a campus a better place? How many times has a student suddenly discovered success because of what Claire Ellen taught us?

Claire Ellen Weinstein will be remembered as a woman of outstanding accomplishment. She was clearly one of the finest researchers in the field. The instruments she developed to measure student characteristics are among the best available. They are used by countless people and programs all over the world. The strategic thinking system she developed and the courses she taught with it is the most successful model of its kind. In an era of reform and innovation, at a time when philanthropic and government groups have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into college completion, her work has yet to be equaled. Meanwhile, the many graduate students she has mentored have gone on to find their own successes in all areas of education.

And yet, we remember Claire Ellen as one of the, kindest, warmest, and most cheerful people one could ever meet. Although she struggled with illness throughout her adult life, she was always there with words of kindness and encouragement for others. She encouraged everyone she worked with to do what they did best, and she inspired them to do it in the service of social justice. Claire Ellen's amazing presence, wonderful personality, and incredible intelligence will be remembered by all who knew and worked with her.

Her loss not only deprives us of a wonderful friend and mentor but has deprived our field of one of its greatest heroines. She was truly a woman of valor. We will miss you, Claire Ellen. You will be remembered by the thousands of people of whom you are nowa part. And you will be remembered for all the right reasons.

Rick Allan Sheets

Rick Allan Sheets was one of the College Reading and Learning Association's most respected leaders. He served the association as President (Presidentelect, President, Past President, 2007-2009), Interim ITTPC Coordinator and Interim Technology Designer (2008-2009), ITTPC Coordinator (2009-2015), Webmaster (2009-2012), ITTPC Reviewer (1999-2005), Director of AzCRLA (1994-1995), and On-Site Chair for CRLA's Tempe conference in 1995. …

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