Sizer, Theodore R.

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Birth 1932-06-23
Death 2009-10-21

Biographical notes:

Founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Theodore R. Sizer was one of the 20th century's leading educational visionaries and reformers.

Theodore "Ted" R. Sizer received his B.A. from Yale and his doctorate from Harvard. After a career that included U.S. Army service, classroom teaching, serving as the Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and leading Phillips Academy Andover as its Headmaster, Ted Sizer came to Brown University as chair of its education department.

There, in 1984, Ted founded the Coalition of Essential Schools to bring together examples of the radical school restructuring that was the focus of Horace's Compromise, his work about the state of American high schools. Ted served as executive director of the Coalition of Essential Schools until 1996; during that time, he also established and led the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

He retired from Brown as Professor Emeritus in 1996, returning to Massachusetts to accept an appointment as Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he taught, along with Nancy, until very recently.

In 1994, Ted and Nancy helped to found the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, in Devens, Massachusetts, where they served as trustees, and for one year as co-principals. With Nancy and other educators, Ted also co-founded the Forum for Education and Democracy. Until his death, Ted remained an active part of many of the institutions of which he was affiliated and organizations that he founded, including CES, of which he was Chairman Emeritus.

Employment U.S. Army, 1953-1955 Roxbury Latin School, Teacher of English and Mathematics, 1955-1956 Melbourne Australia Grammar School, Teacher of History and Geography 1958 Harvard University: Assistant Professor of Education and Direct, Master of Arts in Teaching Program, 1961-1964 Dean, Graduate School of Education 1964-72 University of Bristol (U.K) Visiting Professor 1971 Phillips Academy (Andover), Headmaster and Instructor in History, 1972-81 A Study of High Schools, Chairman, 1981-84 Brown University: Education Department-Visiting Professor, Spring 1983 Professor of Education, 1984-1996 Department Chairman, 1984-1989 Walter H. Annenberg Professor, 1993-94 Coalition of Essential Schools, Chairman, 1984- 2009 Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Director 1994-1996 University Professor, 1994-1996 University Professor Emeritus, 1996-2009 Harvard University, Visiting Professor, 1997-2006 Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School: Trustee, 1995-2002 Acting Principal (With Nancy Faust Sizer), 1998-99 Honors Ped.D. Lawrence University, 1969 Guggenheim Fellow, 1971 Litt.D., Union College, 1972 Anthony Wayne Award, Wayne State University, 1981 L.L.D., Connecticut College, 1984 L.H.D., Williams College, 1984 L.H.D., University of Massachusetts / Lowell, 1985 L.H.D., Dartmouth College, 1985 L.H.D., Lafayette College, 1991 L.H.D., Webster University, 1992 L.H.D., Indiana University, 1993 L.H.D., Mount Holyoke College, 1993 L.H.D., University of Maine, 1993 L.H.D., Iona College, 1995 L.H.D., Long Island University, 1996 L.H.D., Bridgewater State College, 1996 L.H.D., Wheaton College, 1997 L.H.D., Stat University of New York-Potsdam, 1997 L.H.D., Brown University, 1998 L.H.D., Marymount Manhattan College, 1999

From the guide to the Theodore R. Sizer papers, Sizer (Theodore R.) papers, (bulk 1980-2001), 1939-2009, (John Hay Library Special Collections)


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