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Denise Pope

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Denise Pope

Senior Lecturer

- Challenge Success

Assistant: Luci Parker

Office: CERAS 133


Dr. Pope specializes in curriculum studies, service learning, student engagement, school reform, and qualitative research methods. She is particularly interested in student voices and the students' perspectives of school. She focuses on academic stress and its consequences for students' mental and physical health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She co-founded Challenge Success to partner with schools and families to elevate student voice and implement research-based strategies for student well-being and engagement. She is the author of "Doing School": How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. She is co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Wiley, 2015). Dr. Pope co-hosts the podcast "School's In" with GSE Dean Dan Schwartz.

Other Titles

Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations


Research Interests

Adolescence | Child Development | Curriculum and Instruction | Leadership and Organization | Parents and Family Issues | Professional Development | Social and Emotional Learning | Teachers and Teaching

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Recent Publications

Miles, S., Selby, S., & Pope, D. (2024). How Can Schools Support Gender-Diverse Students' Well -Being? EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, 81(5), 8–10.

Miles, S., Pope, D., & Ciannella, C. (2024). Helping students to learn and grow. PHI DELTA KAPPAN, 105(5), 13–18.

Conner, J. O., Goldstein, M., Mammen, J., Hernandez, J., Phillippo, K., Pope, D., & Davidson, S. (2023). What Students and Teachers Do to Build Positive Reciprocal Relationships: A Study Co-Led by Youth and Adult Researchers. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION.

Denise Pope in the News & Media

Senior Lecturer Denise Pope and colleagues at Challenge Success detail strategies teachers can use to increase student engagement.
January 29, 2024
Associate Professor Victor R. Lee and Senior Lecturer Denise Pope analyzed cheating rates among high school students before and after the launch of ChatGPT.
December 13, 2023
Senior Lecturer Denise Pope addresses the anxiety that can surround the college admissions process.
March 28, 2023
Senior Lecturer Denise Pope talks about the price children have paid in the pandemic, and what parents and others can do to support them.
March 18, 2022
March 22, 2021
Today Show
Senior Lecturer Denise Pope discusses a Challenge Success and NBC News survey of more than 10,000 students on the impact of COVID-19.
February 16, 2021
Senior Lecturer Denise Pope urges a close look at the quality and purpose of homework assignments.
September 1, 2020
Senior Lecturer Denise Pope advises parents to think about the big picture of their children’s learning.
March 31, 2020
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