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Seattle: Learning Differences and the Future of Special Education

Monday, October 21, 2019
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Zillow HQ, 1301 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
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Elizabeth Kozleski
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Bruce McCandliss
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Daniel Schwartz

Children with learning differences are often marked by stigma. Special education research is often siloed. Learn how Stanford and the Graduate School of Education plan to change this.

Join fellow alumni and friends for a community conversation with Dan Schwartz, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE), and GSE faculty Elizabeth Kozleski and Bruce McCandliss on the new Learning Differences and the Future of Special Education initiative housed at the GSE. Learn how Stanford faculty and community partners plan to advance our knowledge about the sources of and attitudes toward disabilities, drive innovation to improve methods of early identification of learning differences, and create new supports to help all learners participate fully in society.

All Stanford alumni and friends are welcome to attend.


Elizabeth Kozleski

Senior Dean's Scholar for Teaching and Research
Stanford Graduate School of Education

Kozleski is the co-director of the GSE’s Initiative on Learning Differences and the Future of Special Education. Her research includes the analysis of systems change in education, how teachers learn in practice in complex, diverse school settings, as well as how educational practices improve student learning. She has led the design and development of teacher education programs that involve extensive clinical practice in general education settings. She has senior leadership roles on several projects including the Emergent Literacy Curriculum for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in General Education Classrooms, and the Special Education Leadership in System-wide Equity and Access for Students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds.

Bruce McCandliss

Professor of Education and, by courtesy, Psychology
Stanford Graduate School of Education

McCandliss’s research uses the tools of developmental cognitive neuroscience to study individual differences and educational transformations in key cognitive skills such as attention, literacy, and mathematics. In 2014, he accepted full professorship at Stanford University where in 2018, he launched the Educational Neuroscience Initiative which aims to bring together elementary school education and neuroscience research to understand how the brain changes with learning.

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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