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Denver: Advancing Early Childhood Learning

Thursday, October 10, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block - Windsor Ballroom, 1850 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202
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Deborah Stipek
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Jelena Obradović
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Daniel L. Schwartz

Join Dean Dan Schwartz and GSE faculty Deborah Stipek and Jelena Obradović for a community conversation on advancements and challenges in early childhood education.

From neuroscience showing the vast amount of brain development to longitudinal data on higher college completion rates and increased employability, research indicates that investing in resources and programs for our nation’s 24 million children under the age of 6 holds potential for significant cognitive and societal benefits. Dean Schwartz and Professors Stipek and Obradović will shed light on how Stanford scholarship, practice, and community engagement are pursuing strategies to better understand and improve children’s learning and development.

All Stanford alumni and friends are welcome to attend.


Deborah Stipek

Judy Koch Professor of Education and Dean Emerita,
Stanford Graduate School of Education
Peter E. Haas Faculty Director,
Haas Center for Public Service

From 2001 to 2012 and then again from 2014 to 2015, Stipek served as the I. James Quillen Dean of the GSE. Stipek’s scholarship addresses instructional effects on children’s achievement motivation and learning, early childhood education, and elementary education. She is particularly concerned about learning opportunities for young children living in poverty. In addition to her research on instruction, she has been involved in education policy at the federal and state level. She currently chairs the Heising-Simons Development and Research on Early Math Education (DREME) Network.

Jelena Obradović

Associate Professor of Education,
Stanford Graduate School of Education
Affiliated Faculty Member, Stanford Bio-X

Obradovic serves as faculty in the Developmental and Psychological Sciences program at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Jelena’s research laboratory, SPARK Lab, examines how the interplay of children’s physiological stress arousal, self-regulatory skills, and quality of caregiving environments contributes to their health, learning, and well-being over time. She also studies how caregivers’ executive functions and emotion regulation skills contribute to teaching and parenting practices that promote or undermine child development. Her current work involves the development of novel, pragmatic, scalable assessments of executive functions, emotion regulation, and motivation.

Daniel L. Schwartz

I. James Quillen Dean 
Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Educational Technology, 
Stanford Graduate School of Education

An expert in human learning and educational technology, Schwartz oversees a laboratory whose computer-focused developments in science and math instruction permit original research into fundamental questions of learning. Schwartz studies student understanding and representation and the ways that technology can facilitate learning. He works at the intersection of cognitive science, computer science, and education, examining cognition and instruction in individual, cross-cultural, and technological settings. His book, The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work and When to Use Them, distills learning theories into practical solutions for use at home or in the classroom. NPR noted the book among the "best reads" for 2016.

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