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Emeritus Professor David Franks Awarded
Lifetime Service to Young Children and Families Award

RELEASED: Dec. 11, 2006

David Franks
David Franks

EAU CLAIRE — The Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood and the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association have awarded David Franks, recently retired University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor of special education, the Lifetime Service to Young Children and Families Award.

Franks was recognized for being a pioneer in the development of services for young children with disabilities in the state of Wisconsin, and for having a substantial impact on the future of the early childhood special education profession.

"Throughout the state there are people working in leadership serving young children with disabilities who are students and colleagues of David Franks," said Mary Joslin, a CESA 10 early childhood specialist and president elect of the Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood.

"Dave is able to truly model individualizing education," added Chris Boyle, a UW-Eau Claire alumna and early childhood special education teacher with the Eau Claire Area School District. "He could identify the strengths and weaknesses of his students and target his instruction in ways that made students better, stronger, harder working and more passionate about working with young children with disabilities and their families. He made them feel important and powerful in their work. He taught future teachers more than just how to plan classroom activities. He taught them to think, to modify, and to individualize."

Franks, who came to Eau Claire in the early 80s, was the first professor to teach his classes onsite as part of the Eau Claire school district summer school program. In retirement he is working with the Eau Claire Area School District research committee connected to four-year-old programming.

"It is clear that David's lifetime of service is not done yet," Joslin said.

The awards ceremony was held during the 52nd Annual Wisconsin Early Childhood Education & Care Conference, "Children Connect Us," Nov. 2-4 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

A number of other education professionals from around the state were presented with awards recognizing Student Teachers of the Year; Early Childhood Teacher of the Year; Outstanding Service Award; Collaborative Team of the Year; and Outstanding Partner in Early Education and Care Award.

The awards were presented by Gaye Tylka, WDEC president; Renee Zaman WECA president; Joslin, WDEC president elect; and Mary Jo Hite, WDEC vice president, at the conference professional development luncheon.

Both WDEC and WECA are state chapters of national professional organizations devoted to insuring quality care and education for young children and their families.

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