Jere Brophy, Distinguished Professor of teacher education and educational psychology at Michigan State University and long-time NCSS member died October 15. He was 69 years old. Brophy was a leader in the field of teacher education, and was known for his pioneering research on effective teaching. In 2006, Brophy and Janet Alleman were awarded the NCSS Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award for their research on K-3 students’ thinking about social studies topics in their book Children's Thinking About Cultural Universals.
"As a young teacher in the seventies and eighties, his scholarly work on teacher effects was my first introduction to the applicability of research to the classroom, and greatly influenced my teaching", wrote Michael Yell, middle school social studies teacher and NCSS Past President. "Professor Brophy's influence will continue to be felt in social studies classrooms thoughout the country."