Friday, February 24, 2012
In Memoriam: Valerie Cook-Morales
Cook-Morales’ work focused on multi-cultural issues in schools, particularly in the bilingual, Latino and African American communities.
Valerie Cook-Morales touched the lives of thousands of students with her work and passion. A respected teacher, scholar, advocate for social justice and leader in the field, Cook-Morales passed away in February after a brief illness.
Her work focused on multi-cultural issues in schools, particularly in the bilingual, Latino and African American communities.
“She did important work addressing multi-cultural issues in schools and training bilingual school psychologists,” said Carol Robinson-Zañartu, professor in the department and close friend of Cook-Morales.
Her work specialized in eco-systemic approaches to nondiscriminatory assessment of and interventions in problem situations involving children's learning and behavior.
Cook-Morales taught a variety of courses in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, where she most recently served as chair.
Her most recent work was developing and implementing more than $16.7 million in federally-funded training grants to prepare school psychologists, counselors, speech-language therapists, and special educators to work toward educational equity in culturally and linguistically diverse public schools.
“[Valerie] will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, as well as the thousands who have been touched by her work and passion,” said Ric Hovda, Dean of the College of Education.