March 2024
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March 2024

Dear Alums,

We are near the end of Winter Quarter and the university’s subsequent spring break holiday. The days are just starting to stretch out a bit, and here on campus, we’re eagerly watching the continued progress of the construction of our new building.

This issue opens with an article that shares the detailed findings of Professor Sean Reardon’s work exploring alternative models to affirmative action. What follows is an article highlighting a program that bridges doctoral research students with the communities that they hope to serve. Next, read about Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) and the tremendous impact they have made regarding media and digital literacy. Are you going to AERA in Philadelphia?  Register for Stanford’s evening reception below. Continue on and read about emerging youth mental health issues and the importance of involving teens in solutions. Learn more about the Roland Prize and how the GSE’s STEP program received a Stanford Community Partnership Award for their work with a local school district. Explore how machine learning has led researchers to understand how children think by examining children’s drawings. We are excited to share that one of our own, Julian Vasquez Heilig, MA ’04, PhD ’06, has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Marsal Family School of Education. Read more about his contributions. And last but not least, mark your calendars for several upcoming GSE and Stanford related events. This year’s Cubberley Lecture features acclaimed author Bonnie Garmus so be sure to register for your tickets below.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are thankful for your continued engagement and are glad to stay connected. We hope you and yours remain well, and we wish you all a happy spring.


I-Han Liang
Sr. Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Community Engagement
Stanford Graduate School of Education
Alternatives to Affirmative Action
Diversity Without Affirmative Action
Professor Sean Reardon explores four alternative models to affirmative action in this interactive article.
Creating community connections
The RAISE program gives doctoral students the chance to connect with communities they hope will be positively impacted by their research. Leslie Luqueño, MA '22, PhD '26 is a RAISE fellow and GSE PhD candidate. Luqueño is partnering with East Palo Alto parents who are navigating the college application process.
Past, present, and future of SHEG
Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) was born of the work of Sam Wineburg, emeritus professor of education. Read about SHEG's origins, impacts, and future endeavors.
GSE Reception at AERA
Philadelphia skyline
Stanford GSE will be at AERA in Philadelphia, and our reception will be on Friday, April 12 at 8:00-10:00pm ET at the Logan. Register for the reception, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Youth Mental Health
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The Director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing discusses the current state of youth mental health, sharing both her concerns and what gives her hope.
Community Partnership Awards and Roland Prize
The Roland Prize and Stanford Community Partnership Awards were honored this past month. Chris Piech, Education professor by courtesy, received the Roland Prize for his work on Code in Place. STEP leaders were honored for their partnership with the Sunnyvale School District where they offered summer programs.
Analyzing children's drawings with AI
Meaning of drawings
Utilizing machine learning, Stanford researchers examine children's drawings to understand their thinking.
GSE alum honored by University of Michigan
Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig
Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig, MA '04, PhD '06 recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Postsecondary Education from the Marsal Family School of Education.
2024 Cubberley Lecture on May 2
Bonnie Garmus_Lessons in Chemistry
Register today for an evening with Bonnie Garmus, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Lessons in Chemistry. Garmus will join GSE Professor Christine Min Wotipka for a fireside chat and live audience Q&A.
GSE Reception at ASU+GSV
ASU + GSV 2024, San Diego
Are you attending ASU+GSV or will you be in the San Diego area? If so, join us for a GSE reception on April 15th at 4:30pm. Enjoy light appetizers and cocktails over conversation about education innovation and research. Register by April 5. (limited space)
Professional learning opportunities
The Well-Balanced Child
Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 4:00PM – 5:15PM PT

Join Challenge Success in this online workshop on research-based strategies for raising healthy preschoolers and early elementary-age children. We’ll explore how to encourage autonomy, cultivate resilience, promote well-being, and more.

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Teaching the Youcubed Summer Camp Curriculum
April 15-16, 2024

Join Jo Boaler and the youcubed team in this two-day, in-person workshop to learn about our camp that has been implemented widely by teachers and shown to significantly improve students’ mathematics understanding! The workshop content is appropriate for anyone interested in running a youcubed-inspired summer camp or using a Mathematical Mindset teaching approach during the school year.

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