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Barbara Blanche Nelson

Barbara Blanche Nelson

Female 1932 -  (89 years)

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  • Name Barbara Blanche Nelson  [1, 2
    Born 2 Jul 1932  Brooklyn, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Occupation University professor; author 
    Person ID I135  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2010 

    Father Francis Edward Nelson,   b. 5 Mar 1906, Boone, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1992, Rahway, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Blanche Nadine Snouffer,   b. 7 Apr 1908, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 2003, West Chester, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1931  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Family ID F38  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert David Pavan,   b. 19 Sep 1929, Brooklyn, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 23 Aug 1952  Rahway, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
     1. Michael John Pavan,   b. 27 Jul 1953, Troy, Rensselaer Cnty, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. John David Pavan,   b. 19 Sep 1954, Mineola, Nassau Cnty, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F40  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Barbara B. Nelson Pavan (1952)
    Barbara B. Nelson Pavan (1952)

  • Notes 
    • Barbara has been a professor of educational administration for 24 years at Temple University, and taught courses on principalship, organizational theory, research, and supervision of instruction.

      She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Adelphi University (1958) and her Masters in Education at the State University of NY, New Paltz (1962). Her doctorate in educational administration was earned at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1972) where she also supervised student teaching interns. Her dissertation provides an instrument to assess both beliefs and the implementation of nongradedness.

      In 1972 she became the second principal of Franklin School in Lexington, MA, which was the first multiage-nongraded-team teaching school in the United States. She has been a classroom teacher in preschool and public elementary schools. At Queens College, NY she was responsible for pre-service training of elementary school teachers in the curriculum areas of math and science and for supervision of student teaching.

      In addition to her 1993 book, NONGRADEDNESS: HELPING IT TO HAPPEN, co-authored with Robert H. Anderson, (Technomic Pub. Co.; Lancaster, PA: 1993), and a number of book chapters, she has articles published in Educational Leadership, Elementary School Journal, Journal of Educational Equity and Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, Principal, Texas Tech Journal of Education, Urban Education and Wingspan. Her research has three major thrusts: gender differences in school administrative careers, supervision of instruction, and organization of schooling (especially multiage / nongraded / teaming models). Many of her research documents are available at

      She has provided training in over 30 states and regularly presented at national educational conferences, including American Education Research Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision, and University Council of Educational Administration. She has served as President and Secretary-Treasurer of COPIS and annually reviewed proposals for AERA and UCEA.

      She was a charter member of the Women's Caucus of Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and actively involved with both the National and Philadelphia Councils of Administrative Women in Education.

      In 2008, New Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership at Temple University presented the first annual lecture in her honor, the Barbara Nelson Pavan Award for Leadership and Outstanding Scholarship in Educational Administration, for recognition of her dedicated work in the area of women and leadership. Now, as Emerita Professor of Educational Administration, Temple University, she is frequently consulted about multiage instruction and instructional supervision.

      Cedar Rapids Gazette (?) (31 Jan 1936):
      "Mrs. Francis E. Nelson of Rahway, N.J., and her daughter, Barbara Blanche, left Friday afternoon [31 Jan] for their home. They were called here by the death of Mrs. Nelson's father, the late W. D. Snouffer, Dec. 11. William Snouffer, a student at the United States military academy at West Point, N.Y., who was here for a short time, returned earlier."

      Barbara's 2002 Christmas card states:
      "2002 had two major milestones. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Paris with dinner at the Tour d'Argent after a Rhone River cruise that took us to places like Avignon which we had not visited in 40 years. Everyday we would dock in towns and tour...and no unpacking! For Barbara's 70th birthday we enjoyed theatre, museums and dining in New York City.... A number of trips were to see Michael in Waban, MA and attend Harvard Ed School events or while Barbara worked with a multiage school or on the way to Maine for Babara's COPIS conference.... Bob remains a board member of the Wharton Esherick Museum and the Harvard Business School Club of Philadelphia while Barbara continues as the Reading Excellence Act Local Evaluator for a school district."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Bertha Newens|, Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer, "Newens & Snouffer Family Records", (Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer; unpublished charts; created abt 1960; revised abt 1970; original charts possessed by Wm.C.Snouffer).

    2. [S42] Jewell - Snouffers|, Carol Snouffer Jewell, "Snouffer, Schnauffer, Newens of Germany, IA, 1523-1997" (Nov 1999), (Family Tree Maker, "World Family Tree," CD-ROM database (vol. 54, tree 2400), Cambridge, MA; The Learning Company, Inc. : 2000).

    3. [S5] Cedar Rapids Gazette|, Cedar Rapids Gazette, (Cedar Rapids, IA), 21 Feb 2003.

    4. [S3] Personal |, Person Named, Spouse, or close Relative or Friend.