Illinois Subdivision of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children


Jeanette A. McCollum Award for Service to the Field
1999 Awardee

Jeanette A. McCollum

In 1999, the Illinois Division for Early Childhood (IDEC) established the Jeanette A McCollum Award for Service to the Field. This award was developed to recognize the exemplary contributions of Dr. Jeanette A. McCollum from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. McCollum is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of personnel preparation, early childhood special education (ECE) policy, and parent-child interactions—especially related to cultural impact on interactions. Her leadership in ECSE personnel preparation has laid the foundation for many college and university programs across the nation. Dr. McCollum has been a mentor to numerous students throughout her years at UIUC, and her guidance is frequently sought from organizations such as the international Division for Early Childhood, the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois' and other states' committees working on issues related to personnel development and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Dr. McCollum, herself, is a recipient of both the International Division for early Childhood's Merle B. Karnes Service to the Division and the Service to the Field Awards.

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