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Cross-Area Specialization - Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)

The challenges and successes of children, schools, and communities are the result of dynamic forces that span life in school and out. Social and cultural factors, economic disparities, racial and linguistic discrimination, and subtle psychological messages interact to shape teaching and learning in schools. Research designed to improve education must understand these intersecting forces, which depends on interdisciplinary collaboration. Forward-looking research requires Educators, Economists, Psychologists, Sociologists, Linguists, Historians, Anthropologists and more, working together. The next generation of scholars needs the willingness, intellectual grounding, and practical know-how to work across disciplinary lines to improve the opportunity and means for underserved learners.

Stanford Graduate School of Education’s Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE) area brings an interdisciplinary scholarly focus to the major factors that influence educational attainment, especially for underserved children. RILE maintains the primary objective of being the international leader in training generations of scholars and practitioners, who can advance knowledge and practice. RILE trains students to become national leaders in conducting research on how race, inequality, and language intersect to make both ineffective and effective educational opportunities.

Students interested in the program apply to the Race, Inequality, and Language in Education specialization in the online university application for graduate admission form. In the online form, under Additional Academic Interests, applicants should indicate the area with which they wish their RILE program be linked: Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education (CTE), Developmental and Psychological Sciences (DAPS), or Social Sciences, Policy and Educational Practice (SHIPS).  As a unique cross-area specialization, students will study RILE within the context of the area (CTE, DAPS, or SHIPS), to which they are formally admitted also.

More information about degree requirements is available in the Doctoral Degree Handbook.

RILE’s three primary activities:

  • Offer a coordinated curriculum on Race, Inequality, and Language in Education
  • Create a common working space, the RILE seminar, for discussing issues of race, culture, language, and poverty
  • Convene faculty and students: RILE will convene national, international, and Bay Area scholars to both educate RILE members and to bring RILE’s work and students to prominence. For example, RILE will gather Bay Area scholars to host a 2-Day conference designed to promote RILE and highlight excellent scholarship on race, inequality, language, and education. RILE will also hold a monthly colloquium series, in which RILE faculty and students convene to meet as a group and hear from scholars across the nation as well as share research and discuss new research among the cohort of faculty and students.

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