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Graduate School of Education Timeline

Key events that played a role in the history of the School:


The department of the History and Art of Education is one of twenty-one original departments at Stanford University. Five students are in the major under the direction of Earl Barnes. Margaret Schallenberger is the first woman to teach in the School.


A small practice school for child study is established.


Stanford president David Starr Jordan asks Ellwood Patterson Cubberley, a former teacher and then superintendent of the San Diego schools, to "take charge of an embryo department of education at this embryo university."


Students who declare an education major are required to become competent in a subject field, as well as in the techniques of teaching.


First PhD is awarded.


The department of the History and Art of Education becomes the School of Education with Cubberley as its first dean.


Prof. Terman begins his famous, lifelong study of gifted children leading to the establishment of the Stanford-Binet IQ test.


First EdD is granted.


Prof. Cubberley retires as dean and gives a trust valued at $367,199 to surprised University officials for the School of Education building. Much of this money came from book royalties and his successful book series, Riverside Textbooks in Education. The value of this trust and subsequent gifts exceeded $772,332.


Dedication of new School of Education building and Cubberley Library.


I. James Quillen becomes dean of the School. While continuing to consolidate and expand programs for practitioners, administrators and teachers, he begins to bring social scientists to the school to integrate educational research with theory in their disciplines.


Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) is established with funding from the Ford Foundation. Its aim is to develop an experimental program for educating teachers.


Stanford International Development Education Center (SIDEC) is established with funding from the US Department of Education and the Ford Foundation. SIDEC prepares foreign nationals to return to their countries and establish effective educational systems.


Stanford Institute of Behavioral Counseling (SIBC) is founded to provide education students with an opportunity to obtain counseling experience under the supervision of faculty.


Center for Educational Research at Stanford (CERAS) is constructed as part of a national network of educational research centers.


Accelerated Schools Project is started as a national effort to bring at-risk students into the educational mainstream by accelerating their academic growth.


Center for Research on the Context of Teaching is founded with a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Now supported by both federal and foundation funding, the Center analyzes how teaching and learning are shaped by their organizational, institutional, and social-cultural contexts, as well as by the connection between teacher learning communities and education reforms.


Stanford Center on Adolescence is founded by a $1.2 million, two-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to promote multidisciplinary research and training related to adolescents.


National Center for Postsecondary Improvement (NCPI) is established with a five-year, $12.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Stanford collaborates with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan on a research agenda related to national and global changes in the environment for postsecondary education.


Addition of multimedia center in CERAS (Center for Education Research at Stanford).


Deborah J. Stipek appointed Dean of Graduate School of Education. First woman to lead the School of Education and second female dean appointed at Stanford.

The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities is established. Founded upon the values, beliefs and vision of John W. Gardner, the Center represents a unique partnership between a university and communities to build new practices, knowledge, and capacity for youth development and learning.


The School Redesign Network is founded with a $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It serves as a clearinghouse for high school design across the nation.

The School of Education collaborates with Aspire Public Schools to open a charter high school in East Palo Alto.


Stanford receives $5 million "Teachers for a New Era" grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The goal of the grant is to reform the way teachers are trained for the nation's schools.


The first class of the newly established elementary teacher education program (STEP elementary) begins the master’s program.

East Palo Alto High School graduates its first senior class in Memorial Auditorium.

The Barnum Family Center for School and Community Partnerships is launched with the beginning of renovations and additions to the former Career Development Center.


The Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice (IREPP) is established. IREPP informs education policy decisions through rigorous and systematic research and analysis that is informed by the realities of educational settings.

The Stanford Schools Corporation opens East Palo Alto Academy - Elementary School, its first public charter K-8 school in East Palo Alto.

Stanford alumna Judy Avery gives $10 million - matched by $10 million from Stanford - for a loan forgiveness program for STEP graduates who teach in a public school, or a private school that benefits underserved communities.


The Institute for Research in Education Policy and Practice (IREPP) release Getting Down to Facts, an unprecedented investigation into California's troubled K-12 education system.

The School of Education is named one of the nation's top education programs in a report by the Education Schools Project that is critical of most programs as unfocused, under-resourced and weak in quality and rigor.

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


The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities receives a $4 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation. Resources provided by Stanford helps establish an $8 million endowment for the center.

School of Education 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.


The School of Education establishes an education minor program for Stanford undergraduates. The program prepares students for careers in teaching, crafting educational policy, and managing schools.


The Jim Joseph Foundation awards $12 million to the School of Education to create a concentration in education and Jewish studies focused exclusively on preparing doctoral scholars and researchers. The gift is the largest in the School of Education's history.


Claude Steele, provost of Columbia University and a preeminent scholar of social psychology, named Dean of the School of Education, succeeding Deborah Stipek. Before assuming his post at Columbia, he had been a member of the Stanford faculty from 1991 through 2009.


The school changes its name to Stanford Graduate School of Education to better reflect its advanced research and its graduate-level preparation of educators, scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs.


Claude Steele becomes provost at UC-Berkeley. Deborah Stipek returns to serve as dean while a search is conducted.


Daniel Schwartz, the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Educational Technology at Stanford Graduate School of Education, is named dean on July 8. Prior to the appointment, he had served on the faculty for 15 years.