The UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) has named Dr. Charlotte Frambaugh-Kritzer as the 2016–2017 Hubert V. Everly Endowed Scholar in Education. An associate professor in the Institute for Teacher Education (ITE) Secondary program since 2011, Frambaugh-Kritzer specializes in secondary reading. The scholar position includes a $5,000 allowance for each of two semesters to support career and program development that will benefit the college and education in Hawai‘i.
“I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this endowment,” said Frambaugh-Kritzer. “Now that I have been awarded this allowance, I have a lot of exciting work to accomplish.”
The ITE Secondary faculty is redesigning their field experiences for teacher candidates with plans to launch new ones in spring 2018, explained Frambaugh-Kritzer. The endowment award will help in the design of a first-ever Secondary Reading Clinic field experience. The goals of the clinic include providing secondary teacher candidates with real-life teaching opportunities to work with ethnically and linguistically diverse adolescents who struggle with reading; providing service to COE partner schools and free professional reading diagnostic and remedial services to adolescents in grades 6–12; and adding a unique field experience contribution to the ITE Secondary program and to the local community.
“I agree with Kofi Annan who said, ’Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope,’” Frambaugh-Kritzer continued. “Simply stated, if students cannot make meaning of the content they are reading, they lose hope. Therefore, the Secondary Reading Clinic field experience directly works toward attaining social justice.”
Frambaugh-Kritzer was selected as the Hubert V. Everly Endowed Scholar in Education through a rigorous process by a committee of tenured senior faculty members from across the COE. Everly, or Everly the Educator as he wanted to be remembered, became Dean of Teacher’s College in 1956 and continued as Dean when it became the College of Education in 1959. By his retirement in 1979, the COE had become a multi-department institution with expanded research, teacher training, and service. He received numerous honors for his contributions to education, including the endowed scholar position established in his name and a Lifetime Achievement award in 2006.