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Reunion 2015 Highlights

Alumni Excellence in Education Award Reception


Photos by Paul Sakuma

On Friday, October 23rd, more than 180 GSE alumni, faculty and students celebrated the inaugural class of Alumni Excellence in Education Award recipients in the CERAS 101 Learning Hall. Dean Dan Schwartz opened by describing the new award program as the brainchild of a dedicated group of GSE alumni who wondered how they might shine a brighter light on the many ways Stanford GSE alumni are advancing the field of education. The group became a tightly knit committee that defined a set of operating criteria for the award designed to open the door for all GSE alumni, not an easy task given the school’s 23 doctoral, 7 master’s and 3 joint programs. Together, with a group of six GSE faculty and the Dean, they completed 141 nomination reviews. Dean Schwartz asked the Alumni Awards and Recognition Committee to stand and be recognized.

The dean expressed his deepest appreciation to Angela and David Filo and the Yellow Chair Foundation who have championed this idea since its inception. Their commitment to educators, especially those who are working with underserved students, offers inspiration that extends far beyond the Stanford community. The dean concluded his remarks by acknowledging the exceptionally competitive pool of nominations, and the many nominees in attendance. 

The GSE proudly presented its inaugural recipients: 

Nominations for the 2016 Alumni Excellence in Education Award are due April 1, 2016. Click here to learn more.

Video Highlights by Stanford Video


Alumni Reunion Tailgate


Photos by Steve Castillo

The Graduate School of Education hosted the Alumni Reunion Tailgate on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Taube Tennis Center Patio. More than 120 GSE alumni, students, faculty, and their guests gathered for a fun and festive tailgate prior to the Stanford Football Homecoming Game (Stanford v. Washington). Alumni who registered early received a GSE baseball cap and were quickly immersed in a sea of red t-shirts, laughter, and memories as they reconnected with each other, students, and faculty. Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Tom Dee offered his perspective on the future of the school.

GSE faculty-led Classes Without Quizzes (CWOQ) talks:

Educational Neuroscience:  Your Brain and Early Literacy
Bruce McCandliss

Imaging the brain in action is starting to change the way we view education.  How does brain activity change as children learn new cognitive skills, like reading? How does this challenge differ from one brain to the next, and how can interventions help those who are struggling?

Bruce McCandliss is a professor at the Graduate School of Education. Through the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, he studies how the brain changes in response to education. His research has led to increased understanding of how children learn to read.

Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthier Kids
Denise Clark Pope, '88, PhD '99

Today's high-pressure, fast-paced culture can lead to burnout, disengagement, and health problems. Dr. Pope discusses her research on schools, reviews strategies for better environments, and suggests ways for our children to gain a healthier balance between academic achievement and personal fulfillment.

Denise Clark Pope, ’88, PhD ’99, is a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Education and founder of Challenge Success. For the past 16 years, she has specialized in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods and service learning. She’s a three time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award.