Elementary STEP

The Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), hitherto focused on secondary education, adds a master’s program in elementary-school training.

Elementary STEP graduates at 2014 Commencement.
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Ten Lessons the Arts Teach

Prof. Elliott Eisner wins the Grawemeyer Prize for his 2002 book The Arts and the Creation of Mind. Its thesis: Art is not merely an enrichment for academic programs, but a key way that students learn how to learn.


Barnum Center opens

Barnum Family Center for School and Community Partnerships opens.

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A lift for future teachers

Judy Avery, ’59, helps lift bars to a Stanford teaching degree with her $10 million gift, matched by the university, toward student-loan forgiveness for STEP graduates who teach in public or under-resourced private schools.

Judy Avery chats with Marc Hua, MA ’11.


Shulman honored

Lee Shulman, education professor emeritus and director of the Carnegie Institute of Education housed at Stanford, wins the Grawemeyer Prize for his 2004 book The Wisdom of Practice: Essays on Teaching, Learning and Learning to Teach.

Hear Shulman's oral history, conducted by Michael Kirst for the Stanford Historical Society. 


IREPP opens

The Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice (IREPP) is established. Its rigorous and systematic research and analysis is informed by the realities of educational settings.

Prof. Susanna Loeb, a specialist in the economics of education, directed IREPP and its successor, the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA), from 2006 to 2015.


Assessment hailed

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing unanimously approves the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT), a Stanford-led, innovative model that evaluates teacher classroom performance.


Open-source research

Faculty members unanimously decide to make their scholarly articles available online for free to the public, becoming the first education school in the nation to do so.

Psychologist Carol Dweck, professor by courtesy in the GSE, is renowned for her work on growth mindset and its value against educational inequity.


Building great principals

The Stanford Principal Fellows Program opens to challenge and strengthen exceptional, early-career principals. During a year of intensive retreats and monthly working seminars, participants build leadership skills and the capacity to create transformative environments. 

2010 Fellow Barnaby Payne of San Francisco's Abraham Lincoln High School.
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Partnering with San Francisco schools

Stanford formalizes a research-practice partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District. 

The large urban district acquires, interprets, and uses Stanford research, while Stanford students and scholars learn from real-world practices with the goal of advancing student achievement in San Francisco and beyond. 

Lauren Karas, MA '12, guides 11th graders Jimmy Zhu, Marcel Gambing and Angela Ma in a lesson from "Reading Like a Historian" at San Francisco’s Lincoln High School.
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Undergraduate minor

Responding to student interest, the School of Education forms an undergraduate minor to prepare students for careers in teaching, crafting policy and managing schools.

Seniors who earned undergraduate honors in education receive blue honor cords to wear with cap and gown at Commencement 2013.


Focus on policy

The Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) is created as part of the Stanford Challenge, a multidisciplinary initiative aimed at bringing together scholars from across the university to tackle some of the world’s most enduring and pressing issues.

Susanna Loeb, the Barnett Family Professor of Education, led CEPA until 2015. Her research examines the economics of education and the relationship among schools and federal, state and local policies.


Jewish studies

The Jim Joseph Foundation gives $12 million to create a doctoral and research concentration in education and Jewish studies. It is the largest gift in the School of Education’s history.

Ari Kelman, the inaugural Jim Joseph Professor in Education and Jewish Studies, speaks in 2015.


Forging a digital future

Social psychologist Prof. Claude Steele, a member of the Stanford faculty from 1991 to 2009, becomes dean. He creates faculty positions to enhance education for underserved children and advance the use and development of new technologies. 

Steele launches the initiatives Education’s Digital Future and the Workshop on Poverty, Inequality and Education, and he paves the way for education faculty and students to pursue leadership and research in online learning.

Learning Sciences and Technology Design doctoral student Emily Schneider, left; René Kizilcec of the Department of Communication; and Chris Piech of the Department of Computer Science prepare to present their findings.
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Innovating for Brazil

The school and the Lemann Foundation open the Lemann Center for Educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Brazil, a 10-year venture headquartered at CERAS that develops new approaches to learning, especially among low-income students, both in and out of the Brazilian school system.

Martin Carnoy, the Vida Jacks Professor of Education and a specialist in comparative international education, speaks at the Lemann Center's 2012 opening.


The MOOC era

Prof. Daniel McFarland puts his Organizational Analysis class on the web as a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and draws 44,501 participants from 70 countries. 

“I gained a lot of respect for TV actors,” McFarland notes. “Every minute they watched, I wanted to give them something meaningful and succinct.”

Dan McFarland's research suggests ways to discourage cliquishness in schools and to form enduring adult professional collaborations.
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A new name: The GSE

The school is renamed the Stanford Graduate School of Education, reflecting its mission of advanced training in research, policy and leadership. 

GSE staffers celebrate the Jan. 22, 2013 renaming.


Lens on race, inequality and language

The doctoral program in Race, Inequality and Language in Education (RILE) enrolls its first cohort. 

In RILE, now headed by Prof. Arnetha Ball, students and scholars explore phenomena of race, language and inequality and apply their theoretical knowledge to educational practice in increasingly complex and diverse societies. In 2017, faculty vote to formalize RILE as a cross-disciplinary doctorate program. 

Faculty scholarship includes Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race, edited by H. Samy Alim, John Rickford and Arnetha Ball.


A Nobel professor

Physics laureate Prof. Carl Wieman joins the education school faculty as a leading voice in improving science teaching.


Helping teachers to bloom where they're needed most

The Hollyhock Fellowship program brings talented early-career teachers to campus for skill-building, support and enrichment to help teachers persist and thrive in the classroom.

It joins such professional-development activities from the GSE's Center to Support Excellence in Teaching as courses at school sites and the summer Stanford Teaching Festival on campus. 

Hollyhock History Fellows Harmon Brownlow, left, and Elizabeth Calvert-Kilbane in summer 2015. Fellows gain content knowledge as well as pedagogical and leadership tools.


Funding future teachers

STEP announces its Teaching Fellowships, which underwrite the full cost of tuition starting with the MA Class of ’16 for up to five students pursuing a teaching career.

STEP Teaching Fellows David Morales, Priscilla Chang and Carrie Moore, all MA '16.


Promoting early math

To encourage research into preschool math acquisition, increasingly seen as a powerful predictor of later learning, Prof. Deborah Stipek and others launch the DREME (Development and Research in Early Math Education) Network.

Prof. Deborah Stipek, dean of the school from 2001-09 and again in 2014-15, teaches a class in 2011.


Stipek returns as dean

Steele leaves to become provost of UC Berkeley. Stipek takes the reins while Stanford prepares a search for a new dean.


Training entrepreneurial leaders

The first Executive Program for Education Leaders, latest in several joint ventures of the GSE and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, helps superintendents develop entrepreneurial leadership skills.

School-district leaders in EPEL's inaugural cohort in 2015.
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Schwartz becomes dean

Daniel Schwartz, the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Educational Technology and the GSE's Teacher of the Year for 2015, becomes dean

He aims to enhance the school’s capacity in research, theory and practice toward children most at risk of lacking access to learning. 

Dean Dan Schwartz chats in February 2017 with Prof. Rachel Lotan, director emerita of STEP, on “School’s In,” the GSE’s new Stanford Radio program on SiriusXM.
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Mathematical mindsets

Prof. Jo Boaler publishes Mathematical Mindsets, encouraging positive thinking about math and a new approach to math teaching. She co-founds Youcubed, a center at Stanford that provides resources for math teaching and learning.

Youcubed co-founder Cathy Williams leads middle-school girls in a confidence-building math workshop in March 2017.


Alumni excellence

In partnership with the school, a group of dedicated alumni launch the Alumni Excellence in Education Award to recognize the outstanding contributions of GSE-trained teachers, principals, scholars, innovators and education leaders.

Fresno State University President Joseph Castro, PhD '98, was honored in 2016 for fostering inclusion among all the school's stakeholders and for helping lift barriers to graduation.
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Big data

Prof. Sean Reardon announces the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA), an initiative aimed at harnessing data to help scholars, policymakers, educators, parents and other learn how to improve educational opportunity for all children. 

Some of the first studies map local inequities across the United States. The project highlights a new era in how big data can be used in education research.

SEDA tracks educational conditions, contexts, and outcomes in schools and districts across the United States.


Graduate School of Education celebrates its first 100 years

The school rooted in Stanford's earliest days marks a century of leadership in teaching and learning.

Challenge and change