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Reunion 2016 Highlights


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Alumni Excellence in Education Award Reception

Photos by Steve Castillo

On Thursday, October 20th, more than 180 GSE alumni, faculty and students celebrated the Alumni Excellence in Education Award recipients in the CERAS 101 Learning Hall. Dean Dan Schwartz opened by describing the award program as the brainchild of a small 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. They met beginning in March 2014 and for the next 18 months charted a plan of attack that resulted in our inaugural award last year. They established eligibility criteria that would open the door for all GSE alumni.  Not an easy task given the school’s 21 doctoral, 7 masters and 3 joint programs. Each of this year’s 40 nominations were reviewed by at least two faculty members, and at least three alumni committee members. 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 the 2016 recipients: 

  • Joseph Castro PhD '98
    Higher Education Policy and Leadership
    President, California State University, Fresno
    • ​Introduced by Professor Emeritus James March, and Aja Couchois Duncan MA '11
  • Haydee Rodriguez MA '02
    Stanford Teacher Education Program
    Teacher, Central Union High School
    • ​Introduced by Guadalupe Valdes, the Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education
  • Piya Sorcar MA '06, PhD '09 
    Learning, Design and Technology, International Comparative Education; Learning Sciences and Technology Design
    Founder & CEO, TeachAIDS
    • ​Introduced by Professor Shelley Goldman

Video of the Awards Ceremony

Alumni Reunion Tailgate

Photos by Steve Castillo

The Graduate School of Education hosted the Alumni Reunion Tailgate on Saturday, October 22, 2016 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. University of Colorado, Boulder). Alumni who registered early received a GSE roll-up blanket and were quickly immersed in a sea of red t-shirts, laughter, and memories as they reconnected with each other, students, and faculty. Dean Schwartz  connected with the crowd over brunch and spoke eloquently about the mission and goals for the GSE in 2016-17.

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

What Parents Need to Know about Self-Regulation
Jelena Obradović

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?

The Mathematics Revolution: Helping Children Learn and Love Mathematics
Jo Boaler

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.

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