Marie Adair, former Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction for Vineland Public Schools, received the Dr. Ernest Boyer Outstanding Educator “lifetime achievement” award from New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) today. Mrs. Adair currently serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NJASCD).
According to the NJASCD website, as executive director, Marie leads an organization of diverse educational leaders who are committed to promoting excellence in the learning community.
Marie is the former Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in the Vineland School District. She holds BA and MA degrees in Reading/Language Arts from Rowan University in New Jersey. Advanced graduate studies were completed at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Vermont with certifications in Curriculum Development, Supervision, and Administration.
Marie has presented nationally and throughout New Jersey on Literacy, Assessment, Leadership, Instructional Strategies, Achievement Gap Issues and Professional Evaluation Systems.
Marie is currently a member of Leadership Council, the governing body of ASCD, and co-chairs ASCD Position Development. Marie also serves on the Legislative Committee of ASCD contributing to the overall Legislative Agenda and has served as President of NJASCD and as Chair of the Professional Development Committee. Marie is a past member of the ASCD Board of Directors.
Additionally, Marie is the recipient of several educational awards, the most recent of which are Outstanding Administrator Award by the Vineland Administrators and Supervisors Association, the Ernest Boyer Outstanding Educator Award by NJASCD, and was named the 2005 Cumberland County Administrator of the Year.
The award is named after Dr. Ernest L. Boyer (1928-1995), who had a remarkable career that spanned four decades as one of the most articulate and well-reasoned voices in the history of American education. He was highly regarded as an instructor, director, educator and, most influentially, a gifted leader whose impact on education has been formidable and lasting.
His connection to New Jersey and NJASCD was a close one, as he resided in our state and was a keynote speaker at an NJASCD annual conference in the early 1990’s. As the “voice” of education, Dr. Boyer is profoundly missed.
In 1996, the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NJASCD) dedicated its most prestigious annual outstanding educator award to the memory of Dr. Ernest L. Boyer. The award, known as The Dr. Ernest L. Boyer Outstanding Educator Award, is presented by NJASCD to an educator who has made a major contribution to the field of education and who has exemplified the vision, leadership qualities, and commitment to the improvement of education that characterized the career of Dr. Boyer.
The award bearing his name serves to recognize and honor Dr. Boyer’s accomplishments, inspire the recipients to embrace the qualities and characteristics required to advance our profession, and encourage other educators to aspire to make a difference in the education of youth to shape a better future.
Photo: Mrs. Adair reading to students as part of the district’s 2004 Read Across America celebration