The University at Albany’s annual Exemplary Community Engagement Award is an award given to exceptional community endeavors across economic development, public health, and education and youth opportunities. Officials from the University describe the winners as working to address public needs and positively impact the quality of life in the region, state, and beyond.
Although much of the time CASDA seems to exist separate from the University at Albany’s School of Education, it in fact retains close ties with the faculty and administration within the university. This partnership ensures that emerging research and best practices in education reach those they can most positively affect, while providing opportunities for on-the-ground research. CASDA's work encompasses a range of topics in the field of education, including improving persistently dangerous or under-performing schools, training professionals on the latest state and federal regulation compliance, and hosting cross-district professional learning communities.
Other winners of this year’s award include: Center for Human Services Research (CHSR), Education Team, Michelle Feder - B.A. '11, Ph.D. Candidate, Educational Administration and Policy, Healthy Environments and Relationships that Support (HEARTS) Initiative, Dr. Akiko Hosler - Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Junior FIRST Lego League Expo, Dr. Hal Lawson - Professor, School of Social Welfare, School of Education, Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC - Lecturer, School of Social Welfare, Small Business Development Center, and University in the High School.The awards will be presented on Friday, April 25 in the University Hall, Uptown Campus.