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Stanford Graduate School of Education Educator
February 2015

MOOCs support English learners

The online courses encourage lively debate among students aiming to master the skills required by the Common Core.

First graders in a dual language program in Corvallis, Ore. work on a poster project.
Brown, Dee to serve in Dean's Cabinet
Bryan Brown, left, and Thomas Dee

Dean Deborah Stipek announced in an email to the Graduate School of Education that Bryan Brown and Thomas Dee will serve as new associate deans.

Joint GSE/GSB program helps district leaders drive change
The new GSE/GSB executive program aims to strengthen participants' strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

A new program by the graduate schools of education and business develops entrepreneurial leadership skills of superintendents.

Stanford researcher receives NSF grant to study science learning at zoos, aquariums
First-ever alumni survey shows GSE graduates’ impact on education
Class notes: Piya Sorcar, Merrill Newman, Travis Bristol and more
Research shows the best ways to learn math
New Stanford paper says speed drills and timed testing in math can be damaging for students. (Cherries/Shutterstock)

Professor Jo Boaler says students learn math best when they work on problems they enjoy, rather than exercises and drills they fear.

Study shows misperceptions abound among adolescents
Professor Geoffrey Cohen says teens end up conforming to norms based on stereotypes.

New research by Professor Geoffrey Cohen finds teens are influenced by “caricatures” of their peers’ sex lives and drug use.

Disrupting the college experience: Q&A with Stanford professors Mitchell Stevens and Michael Kirst
Prudence Carter: Schools can't address discipline disparities without confronting racial issues
New agency could play critical role in improving California schools

From the Dean

Making Common Core more common

Stanford was preparing teachers to teach the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) long before they existed. The ability for students to think critically and engage in deep analysis is central to a meaningful education.

This issue of the Educator highlights some of the ways we are extending the lessons we provide in the Stanford Teacher Education Program to teachers nationwide. You'll learn about Kenji Hakuta's online courses to help English language learners and Jo Boaler's research on math that emphasizes understanding over memorization, for example.

Common Core is putting demands on teachers that are far beyond what most have had to do. We are working with school and district leaders to help meet the challenges. READ THE FULL DEAN'S NOTE

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