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Sherow Wins Outstanding Adult Educator Award from PAACE

Sherow was recognized for her work with the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and the Goodling Institute.

By Joe Savrock (May 2007)



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sheila Sherow, research associate in Penn State’s Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy (ISAL) and Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, has won the Outstanding Adult Educator Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE). She received her award at PAACE’s annual member meeting March 28 in Philadelphia.

PAACE is a statewide educational association whose mission is to enable its diverse members to help adults achieve lifelong educational goals and to represent its members by exercising leadership at the local, state, and national levels. PAACE established the Outstanding Adult Educator Award to stimulate, encourage, and reward outstanding contributions to the advancement of adult education.

“Sheila is a leader in adult and family literacy on many levels and is deserving of PAACE’s Outstanding Adult Educator Award,” said Barbara Van Horn, ISAL and Goodling Institute co-director. “Her career in adult literacy has provided many opportunities for adult literacy professionals, professionals in human services and labor fields, college students, and adult learners to learn about the field, apply research to practice, build skills and knowledge, and develop collaborative networks.”

Sherow began her work at ISAL in 1988. Her research interests include English language learners, rural development, building communities of learners and effective networks and coalitions to support adult learning, documenting learner progress through goal attainment scaling (GAS), and instructional strategies effective for building adults’ literacy skills.

She is principal investigator/statewide program director for the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps, a Pennsylvania Department of Education program that awards grants to adult literacy–higher education partnerships for the purpose of training and placing college students as volunteer tutors in community literacy programs. She has served as director for other programs including the Forging a Literacy Partnership for Violence Prevention Program and the America Reads Program at Penn State.

She also works closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Education on the Adult Diploma Program, an independent learning program that offers adults a second chance at earning a high school diploma.

Currently, Sherow is co-investigator on a project titled “Pennsylvania’s Forgotten Rural Immigrants: Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Diverse Communities,” aimed at shedding light on the Commonwealth’s growing population of English language learners in rural communities.