Paula F. Goldberg

Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient

College of Education and Human Development, November 19, 2017

Paula F. Goldberg received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1964 from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.  She is the co-founder and executive director of Parents Advocacy Center for Educational Rights (PACER), a nationwide organization that serves families of children and youth with disabilities. PACER has served as a regional or national technical assistance parent center for 30 years.  Under her leadership, numerous programs were established from the COUNT ME IN puppet program in 1979 that taught elementary and preschool children about inclusion, to the development of the Simon Technology Center and the National Bullying Prevention Center, which led to the first National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week.  More recently, the Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behaviors Disorders Project and PACER’S National Parent Center on Transition and Employment were created at PACER to address critical needs in those areas.  Goldberg has been an outstanding ambassador for the state of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, and for the education community.

Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.