Dolores Kohl Education Foundation


1987 Kohl International Peace Prize

Simcha Moses and Salim Nachas+ of Israel

Salim Nachas, an Arab educator, and Simcha Moses, a Jewish teacher, developed a social studies curriculum, “We and Our Neighbors,” to promote peace through the classroom. The project, under the auspices of the Israel Ministry of Education and Culture, involved fourth graders at Arab and Israel Schools. Their goal was to expose elementary school age children to their neighbors in an effort to rid them of stereotypes. Both Nachas and Moses became “teachers of teachers.”

1987 Kohl Media Award

“Zoobilee Zoo” and Ben Vereen

“Zoobilee Zoo,” an Emmy nominated live action children's series, provided theatre-quality entertainment for young viewers. Recommended by the National Education Association, as well as endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association of Elementary School Principles and the American Association of School Administrators, the show appealed to youngsters' creativity, imagination and interest in the arts to promote social development. The multi-talented host, Ben Veeren, led an ensemble cast of singers, dancers and actors through adventures in discovery, creativity, and fun. “Zoobilee Zoo” was a Hallmark Properties Presentation. Veeren accepted the award on behalf of “Zoobilee Zoo” at the ceremony.

William Hurt

Individual Achievement Award for Children of a Lesser God.

Academy Award-winning actor William Hurt was honored for portraying a teacher of the deaf in the film Children of a Lesser God. Through his superb performance, Hurt focused national attention on education for the hearing impaired. He communicated to a mass audience the value of being a vital, dedicated and innovative teacher.

1988 Kohl International Peace Prize

Nadia Burova of the U.S.S.R.

As creator of the Center for Creative Initiatives in Moscow, Nadia Burova developed an active exchange program with two San Diego schools. Burova’s vision was to create an international children’s center in Moscow where children from all over the world can come together for creative expression. Her goal was “to educate children to be responsible citizens of the world.” Burova’s efforts in the area of peace education were numerous and her spirit and vision unique. She visited the United States as a part of the Soviet delegation to the Soviet-American Citizen’s Summit. In 1986, Burova also toured the United States as interpreter and tutor for Soviet children in the musical play “Peace Child.”

1988 Kohl Lifetime Achievement Award

Fred Rogers, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Fred Rogers, writer, producer and host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Fred Rogers created children’s programming which helped our youth to better understand themselves and the world around them. Rogers crafted every script with consummate care to create entertainment that contained compelling messages of importance to children: accepting and dealing with feelings, separating reality from fantasy, coping with separation, the importance of human relationships, and the need for limits. Most importantly, Rogers taught and reinforced the idea in children’s minds that they are valuable just the way they are.

1988 Kohl Media Award

John Merrow, “The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour”

A Kohl Media Award is being given to John Merrow, the education correspondent for “The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour”. His notable career includes the PBS documentary series “Your Children, Our Children” and the National Public Radio series “Options in Education.” In 1985-86, Merrow produced three audiotape series, “Learning disabilities,” “Leadership in Education” and “Health and Safety in Family Day Care,” and a videotape, “Preventing the Psychological Maltreatment of Children.”

1989 Kohl International Teaching Award

Jaime Escalante in “Stand and Deliver”

Jaime Escalante was recognized for transforming the Mathematics department at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. He was hired in 1974 and four years later he began his first advanced placement calculus course. He continued to build Garfield’s calculus program into one of the best in the nation. In 1982, Escalante and his students battled adversity and disproved suggestions that Garfield students were cheating on the exam. By 1988, Escalante’s advanced placement calculus class had swollen to more than 200 students, a record-breaking number for Garfield and the city of Los Angeles, and the third highest in the nation. Jaime Escalante’s achievements were the basis of the award-winning film “Stand and Deliver.”

1989 Kohl International Peace Prize

Norman Richardson and Carmel Heaney

Norman Richardson, a Protestant, worked as Peace Education Officer for the Irish Council of Churches/Irish Commission for Justice and Peace. Carmel Heaney, a Catholic educator from Belfast, worked as a Development Officer in Corrymeela Community. Through exciting residential living experiences and development of innovative peace education curriculums, both Richardson and Heaney worked to promote understanding and respect between Protestant and Catholic students in Northern Ireland.

1989 Kohl Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles M. Schulz, Creator of Peanuts

Charles M. Schulz created the famed comic strip Peanuts, which, since its debut on October 2, 1950, became the most widely read comic strip in the world. Through his work, Schulz touched the lives of generations, bringing to children and their parents a greater understanding and acceptance of themselves and of those around them. Created with warmth and gentle humor, Schulz’s characters teach us about friendship and all of the most important human values. Schulz has garnered several awards and was inducted into the Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 1987.

1989 Kohl Media Award

WLS-TV - “Say Yes to Education” Public Service Campaign

WLS-TV, the Capital Cities/ABC-owned station in Chicago was recognized for its “Say Yes to Education” campaign. The campaign was launched in May 1988 as a major one-year public awareness campaign to address critical issues of education in Chicago. WLS-TV produced and broadcasted thirteen special presentations to address diverse issues of education. In addition, as an expansion of the campaign, Channel 7 began airing “High Schools Say Yes,” a series of Saturday morning special programs produced by high school students in the Chicago area.

1990 Kohl International Peace Prize

Monde Tulwana, Eric Molobi and Brother Jude Pieterse of South Africa

As Chairmen of the National Education Crisis Committee, Tulwana and Molobi strove to create an educational system that would address and serve the needs of black students in South Africa under apartheid. In the 1980’s students were boycotting schools and protesting in the streets against apartheid. The NECC’s first priority was to get students back in school and then to use the passion of protest in a proactive manner. Molobi and Tulwana understood that an educated social movement would be stronger than an uneducated one. Brother Jude was the leading spokesman for the Catholic Church. He was influential in the introduction and development of open (non-racial) schools in South Africa.

1990 Kohl Corporate Award

Amoco Corporation

The First Kohl Corporate Award recognized the Amoco Corporation, one of America’s leading energy producers, for its commitment to elementary and secondary education. Through its foundation, Amoco has developed and funded programs like the Principal’s Scholars Program, to prepare students for careers in engineering and science. It has been at the forefront of national efforts to increase educational opportunities for minorities and improve math curricula for all students.

1990 Kohl Media Award

Scholastic, Inc.

Scholastic, Inc., the nation’s largest classroom magazine publisher, collaborated with CBS records and used Billy Joel’s hit single, “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” to spark the interest of high school history students. Cassettes of the song, a rapid-fire recital of historic events and people, were sent to 40,000 classrooms reaching 1,800,000 students nationwide. Scholastic also worked to combat the nation’s high school drop out rate with projects such as the “Yearn to Learn Challenge.”

“Dead Poet’s Society”

The critically acclaimed film, directed by Peter Weir and produced by Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thoma, was chosen for the award because of its inspirational message for teachers and students alike. It teaches the message of John Keating, carpe diem, while celebrating the world of poetry and literature. The movie was widely applauded by the British House of Commons for teaching the “importance of courage and integrity, non-conformism and free thought.” Distinguished actor Norman Lloyd, who portrays the austere headmaster of Welton Academy, accepted the award at the ceremony.

1991 Kohl International Peace Prize

Carolos Palacios, CHILDHOPE Street Educator from Guatemala

Beginning in 1987, Palacios worked for CHILDHOPE as an international consultant and street educator, overseeing the organization's efforts in Central America and the Caribbean. Based in Guatemala City, he trained other educators to work in the street and directly coordinated with other organizations working with street children. Palacios was passionately dedicated himself to improving the plight of street children because he, himself, was abandoned on the streets of Bogota, Columbia, when he was six years old.

1991 Kohl Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Henson

The late Jim Henson and Jim Henson Productions were honored with the award. The Henson creations delighted generations of children around the world. His lovable creatures and the innovations of the Children's Television Workshop infused early education with joy and a true love of learning. In the 1960's, Henson and his entourage of Muppets made the TV show circuit with regular guest appearances on “The Steve Allen Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Then in 1969, the Children's Television Workshop's new show, “Sesame Street,” introduced the nation's children to Henson's ever growing cast of creations.

“A visionary, a magician, a comedian and tragedian, part Hans Christian Anderson and part Albert Einstein, Henson revolutionized puppetry and helped reinvent children's television.” – The Washington Post (May 18th, 1990)

1991 Kohl Media Award

ABC News and Peter Jennings

Jennings and ABC News were honored particularly for the broadcast, “War in the Gulf: Answering Children's Questions.” The program was a 90-minute Saturday morning special, hosted by Jennings, which explained the situation in the Persian Gulf to the millions of children who normally watch Saturday morning cartoons. The show explained a complex and often frightening subject in a fair and realistic manner. Peter Jennings displayed tremendous warmth and caring while ABC News met the unique challenge of acknowledging children's concerns and providing them with reassurance and information without giving them a false sense of security. Patrick Roddy, the Executive Produce of the exemplary broadcast accepted the award at the ceremony.

“Dead Poet’s Society”

The critically acclaimed film, directed by Peter Weir and produced by Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thoma, was chosen for the award because of its inspirational message for teachers and students alike. It teaches the message of John Keating, carpe diem, while celebrating the world of poetry and literature. The movie was widely applauded by the British House of Commons for teaching the “importance of courage and integrity, non-conformism and free thought.” Distinguished actor Norman Lloyd, who portrays the austere headmaster of Welton Academy, accepted the award at the ceremony.

1992 Kohl International Peace Prize

Albert Kaufmann of Austria

Albert Kaufmann is an Austrian educator working to reduce the threat of neo-Nazism and racial prejudice through innovative programming. Recognizing neo-Nazi sentiments as an insidious threat to society, Kaufmann began to take students to the former concentration camps of Dachau and Mauthausen so that they could understand the devastating results of hate and violence towards minorities. He organized the first resistance in Austria to combat the neo-Nazi computer games that encourage teenagers to manage concentration camps, kill Jews and glorify the empire of Adolph Hitler by organizing parent education groups. This year, he has taken a sabbatical from his teaching position to work with Croatian children who have become victims of the Yugoslavian Civil War. He is responsible for relocating dozens of children and their parents in Graz, Austria.

1992 Kohl Media Award

Linda Ellerbee, Lucky Duck Productions

Linda Ellerbee, President of Lucky Duck Productions, has worked as a television writer, producer and news anchor during her career. She is being honored for her documentary news magazine series being produced for children on Nickelodeon. Her broadcasts have tackled such important and sensitive issues as racial prejudice, environmental pollution and AIDS (in an acclaimed program with Magic Johnson).

Recruiting New Teachers, Inc.

Recruiting New Teachers is being honored for its public service advertising media and print campaign which attracts new candidates to the teaching profession, provides information to those candidates and strives to build esteem nationally for the profession. RNT’s television, radio and print ads, “Reach for the Power: Teach,” “Stand and Deliver” and “Be a Teacher. Be a Hero” were created in conjunction with the Advertising Council. It has resulted in the distribution of more than 575,000 informational brochures as a result of inquiries over four years, making it the most successful sustained response campaign in Ad Council history.

1992 Kohl Corporate Award

Bank of America (Continental Bank)

Bank of America (Continental Bank) has been chosen to receive the 1992 Corporate Award for its outstanding contribution to education through the development of the Orr School Network in West Humboldt Park on Chicago’s West Side. The Network is a unique partnership between schools, educational and social service agencies and businesses. From 1989 to 1992, the Orr School Network has expanded to include over 20 partners who have designed special programs to meet the needs of the teachers, students and families of 13 network schools, positively impacting over 11,000 students and their families.

1993 Kohl International Education Award

Loris Malaguzzi, The Early Childhood Schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy

Reggio schools inspired early childhood education worldwide. Over a thousand American educators have visited to observe how Reggio Emilia schools encourage students to build knowledge based on their own experiences, vision and creativity. Teachers are guides who “tune-in” to the children's interests and help them discover and investigate the world around them. They recognize and honor their students' abilities and rights…so much so that the children help design the curriculum. “We think of a school for young children as an integral living organism, as a place of shared lives and relationships among many adults and very many children,” said Malaguzzi, the school's founder. Malaguzzi accepted the award on behalf of the Reggio schools.

1993 Kohl International Peace Prize

Children of War, Judith Thompson and Arn Chorn, Co-founders

Since 1984, Children of War has been working with young people growing up in areas of violence worldwide and assisting them to become leaders for peace. Through Children of War, youngsters from war-torn Third World countries and inner city ghettos are encourage to share their pain and rebuild their lives. Co-founder Chorn is himself a survivor of the Cambodian genocide. “Now we can dedicate our lives to ending the things which caused the madness in the first place,” comments Chorn. Children of War's leadership training process combines approaches aimed at healing the trauma of violence together with organizing on behalf of peace and social change. Their tours bring together young survivors to address high school students across the United States and their network extends to 14 countries and eight US-based refugee communities.

1993 Kohl Media Award

Bill Kurtis, The New Explorers

Veteran newscaster Bill Kurtis received this award for his educational PBS documentary series, The New Explorers. Kurtis created the educational series to highlight the exciting role of scientists pursuing the adventure of exploration. Each program featured people on the cutting edge of discovery: individuals who seek to extend the frontiers of science, nature, and environmental conservation. The series made a significant contribution to science education by providing students with a hands-on approach to learning. Along with video, Teacher's Guides are distributed to parents and teachers. In an unprecedented partnership between the media and government to teach science, community partners organized field trips for these students to reinforce the classroom experience. This revolutionary new approach to teaching science reached thousands of students across the United States.

1994 Kohl Lifetime Achievement Award

Ella Jenkins

A Smithsonian/Folkways children’s recording artist, Jenkins’ career has spanned five decades, taken her to all seven continents, yielded twenty-two albums and numerous honors. Since her first television appearance in 1956, she has performed on “Sesame Street”, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Barney and Friends”. Incorporating her international travels in her performance, Jenkins brings rich, multicultural experiences to the stage. Through stories and song she helps youngsters celebrate the diversity in the world around them. The communication shared between Jenkins and the children is symbolized by her acclaimed “call and response” method, where she sings a line and the audience sings or responds with another.

1994 Kohl Media Award

Alex Kotlowitz and HARPO Productions, There are No Children Here

Alex Kotlowitz and HARPO Productions were honored for the non-fiction work, There are No Children Here and the made-for-television movie based on the book. Kotlowitz did more than just write about the children of the Henry Horner public housing complex. He spent seven months experiencing their lifestyle first hand and then chronicled the lives of two boys, Pharoah and Lafeyette Rivers, surviving against the backdrop of urban poverty and crime. The book did more than touch the two boys. Used in high school and college campuses around the country, it is an important part of the education of all of American’s children.

1994 Kohl Corporate Award


Ameritech was honored for its outstanding contribution to education in Illinois by bringing the benefits of advanced telecommunications technology into schools, providing generous contributions to the arts in education, and encouraging school reform. Ameritech undertook the development and funding of pilot projects and grant programs valued at more than $2.5 million to learn how advanced telecommunications services can create innovative opportunities in education in Illinois.

1994 Kohl International Education Award

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki founded the Suzuki method of teaching music. The Suzuki approach involves more than teaching a child to play an instrument. It seeks to develop the whole child and to release his potential to learn. The purpose of Suzuki training is not to produce great artists, but to help every child find the joy that comes from making music. The method strives to teach music to children in the same manner they learn language, stressing the importance of environment. If a child hears an instrument played and is encouraged in a nurturing environment, the child will learn to play. Over 250,000 students around the world learn music through the method he developed.


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William Hurt, Charles M. Schulz, Oprah Winfrey, and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki are just some of the luminaries who received our Media and Lifetime Achievement Awards

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