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About

Improving lives through learning

Our mission is to produce groundbreaking research, model programs and exceptional leaders in education to achieve equitable, accessible and effective learning for all.

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History

Education was a founding department when Stanford opened in 1891, and its elevation to a school in 1917 expanded its mandate for service.

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Timeline

Our scholars have honed education’s power as change agent both here and around the globe. Peruse specific milestones from our past that inspire confidence for our future.

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Centennial stories

To understand our history best, we look to the stories of our community: the creators, the entrepreneurs, the activists and the helpers.

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Impact and Engagement

Our scholars and practitioners works with and learn from educators across the globe. Our graduates make a difference as policymakers, innovators, teachers and researchers.

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January 14, 2019
Nicole Ardoin honored for achievements in environmental education
Awards | Science and Math Education
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November 29, 2018
Professor Roy Pea awarded honorary doctorate for contributions to learning sciences
Awards | Brain and Learning Sciences | Impact
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November 26, 2018
Stanford launches research collaborative with nine local school districts
Impact | K-12 | Research and Practice
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Join us on the beautiful Stanford campus for a walking tour, to hear about our programs or to take part in our professional learning opportunities.

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