The Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), hitherto focused on secondary education, adds a master’s program in elementary-school training.
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.
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.
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
Essays on Teaching, Learning and Learning to Teach.
Hear Shulman's oral history, conducted by Michael Kirst for the Stanford Historical Society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Responding to student interest, the School of Education forms an undergraduate minor to prepare students for careers in teaching, crafting policy and managing schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.