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Linda Darling-Hammond

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Linda Darling-Hammond

Professor Emerita

http://edpolicy.stanford.edu

Biography

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University and founding president of the Learning Policy Institute, created to provide high-quality research for policies that enable equitable and empowering education for each and every child. At Stanford she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign.

Darling-Hammond is past president of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of its awards for Distinguished Contributions to Research, Lifetime Achievement, Research Review, and Research-to-Policy. She is also a member of the American Association of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Education. From 1994–2001, she was executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, whose 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future was named one of the most influential reports affecting U.S. education in that decade. In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy. In 2008, she directed President Barack Obama's Education Policy Transition Team. She is currently President of the California State Board of Education.

Darling-Hammond began her career as a public school teacher and co-founded both a preschool and a public high school. She served as Director of the RAND Corporation’s education program and as an endowed professor at Columbia University, Teachers College before coming to Stanford. She has consulted widely with federal, state and local officials and educators on strategies for improving education policies and practices and is the recipient of 14 honorary degrees in the U.S. and internationally. Among her more than 600 publications are a number of award-winning books, including The Right to Learn, Teaching as the Learning Profession, Preparing Teachers for a Changing World and The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment will Determine our Future. She received an Ed.D. from Temple University (with highest distinction) and a B.A. from Yale University (magna cum laude).

Other Titles

Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

CTE
SHIPS (PhD)
SHIPS (PhD): Administration and Policy Analysis
(MA) ICE/IEPA

Research Interests

Achievement | Assessment, testing and measurement | Diversity and Identity | International and Comparative Education | Special Education | Standards | Teachers and Teaching

See a full list of GSE Faculty research interests >

Recent Publications

Immordino-Yang, M. H., Darling-Hammond, L., & Krone, C. R. (2019). Nurturing Nature: How Brain Development Is Inherently Social and Emotional, and What This Means for Education. EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST, 54(3), 185–204.

Darling-Hammond, L. (2017). EDUCATION FOR SALE? NATION, 304(10), 16–20.

Darling-Hammond, L. (2016). Research on Teaching and Teacher Education and Its Influences on Policy and Practice. EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER, 45(2), 83–91.

Linda Darling-Hammond in the News & Media

Professor Emerita Linda Darling-Hammond says we would do well to look carefully at what has worked—and what has not worked—around the world to reopen schools, so that we can put in place plans that can succeed.
July 21, 2020
Linda Darling-Hammond, professor emerita, presents a list of 10 policy proposals to re-open schools safely and equitably.
May 19, 2020
Professor Emerita Linda Darling-Hammond has been chosen to serve as the next president of the California State Board of Education.
February 12, 2019
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