Founder of the Institute for Democracy and Education
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Activist for School Reform
(Adapted from the College of Education http://education.illinois.edu/advancement/eaa/daa2007.html)
George H. Wood is nationally known as an educator, author, activist, and leader in the field of school reform. Dr. Wood entered college teaching as Assistant Professor of Education at Ohio University in Athens. While working at Ohio for almost two decades, Dr. Wood founded the Institute for Democracy and Education and the journal, Democracy and Education. Additionally, Dr. Wood published a wide range of papers on education in democratic societies and authored two books, Justice and Ideology (co-authored with Dr. Edward Stevens) and Schools that Work.
In 1992, Dr. Wood was appointed Principal of Federal Hocking High School (FHHS) in Stewart, Ohio. Over the past 15 years FHHS has earned a number of honors for its innovative work, including an Ohio Venture Capital Grant, an Ohio’s BEST award, designation as a First Amendment School, and identification as a Mentor School for the Coalition of Essential Schools Gates Foundation program. Much of this is chronicled in
Dr. Wood’s book, A Time to Learn. Dr. Wood took a two-year leave of absence and, with the assistance of his faculty and students at FHHS, started Wildwood Secondary School in Los Angeles in 2001.
Currently Dr. Wood is on leave from FHHS and serving as the Director of The Forum for Education and Democracy. Dr. Wood, along with Deborah Meier, edited and authored The Forum’s volume Many Children Left Behind and speaks widely on educational policy. Recently he authored the Transition Report on K-12 Education for Ohio’s Governor Ted Strickland.
Dr. Wood has a B.S. in social studies education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The College of Education, in conjunction with the Educational Alumni Association, presented Dr. Wood with the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award.