Stanford Graduate School of Education is celebrating 100 years of transformative teaching, learning and research. We are marking this milestone with special anniversary events and exhibits that showcase our rich history and contributions, while advancing new ideas and discoveries. We invite you to learn more about our past, look forward to the next 100 years, and join our vision of creating the means and opportunity for all people to learn and teach well.
The Stanford Board of Trustees voted in 1917 to elevate the founding Department of Education to a school. One hundred years later, we are a global leader in the preparation of teachers and future scholars, and a dynamic center of interdisciplinary research. Our scholarship has shaped policy and practice and transformed classrooms. Our ideas and knowledge are used worldwide.
Ellwood Patterson Cubberley (center front), first dean of the School of Education, poses with faculty in the Main Quad, where the School of Education was originally housed before the new building was dedicated in 1938
Planning for the Baby Boom
Prof. James D. McConnell, known to his students as "Dr. Mac", founds the School Planning Laboratory to refine such innovations as modular classrooms, computerized flexible scheduling and data-driven facilities planning.
Where research meets practice
CERAS (Center for Educational Research at Stanford) opens. It initially houses the Laboratories for Quantitative Research, School Planning and Child Development. It now includes several centers, classrooms and meeting spaces, and recently played host to a community science night.
Changing teaching strategy
Professor Elizabeth Cohen publishes Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom. Cohen, shown with husband Robert Cohen, uses sociological theories to champion success for all children. Her work inspires others to strive toward equity in education.
Partnering with San Francisco schools
Stanford formalizes a one-of-a-kind research-practice partnership with San Francisco Unified School District that enables teachers and administrators to use research more effectively to meet students' needs.