TANNER--Laurel N. Dr., a renowned education expert who was awarded the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Curriculum Studies division of the American Educational Research Association, died on Sunday in Seattle, WA. She was 84. Dr. Tanner served as a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and the Director of Urban Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, and also served as a professor at the University of Houston. Her 1978 book "Classroom Discipline" led to the development of the Discipline with Purpose program, a nationally acclaimed program currently taught in hundreds of schools. Dr. Tanner wrote and co-wrote numerous books and articles in the area of curriculum studies, including many with Dr. Daniel Tanner, with whom she was married for forty years and who continues to serve as a Professor Emeritus at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. She later married Dr. Kenneth Rehage, with whom she was married for 17 years before his death. Her sister Margo Reisman survives her, as do her niece Hope Sheffield and her nephews David, Carl and Andrew Reisman.
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Published in The New York Times on Oct. 25, 2013