As he embarks on retirement, we are proud to celebrate 2017 NROC Pioneer Award winner Scott Beckett. The Pioneer Award is reserved for members whose careers have left an indelible mark on education, both within and outside of the NROC community.
Scott possesses a passion for both the science and art of teaching and learning, and he is a master of both traditions. His craft is imbued with his indomitable spirit of generosity, empathy, and service. Scott’s declared mission has been to “work to reduce poverty and racial inequality by using Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching to help all students learn and pass college algebra.” His 20-year career as a dedicated math instructor at Alabama’s Jacksonville State University (JSU) is a body of evidence that demonstrates how thoroughly he has honored that commitment.
As part of a team rethinking college readiness at JSU, Scott worked to integrate NROC Math resources to offer a FastForward Algebra course for students needing to refresh their math skills. This successful course led to the team creation of a substantial workbook, freely available to all NROC members and designed to enhance math instruction. (At the 2018 NROC Member Meeting, College Track will share how they have adapted these resources for high school students.)
Scott’s guiding philosophy and accomplishments have bolstered NROC’s reach and improved the lives of countless learners. We honor him and thank him for his partnership and friendship.