Stanford University


The Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) are pleased to be co-hosting the Education Writers Association 2013 National Seminar, “Creativity Counts: Innovation in Education and the Media.”

The Stanford Graduate School of Education(GSE)
Founded in 1891, the GSE has long been at the forefront of preparing the next generation of education leaders and of conducting interdisciplinary research that advances the understanding and practice of education. Its faculty consists of economists, psychologists, linguists, sociologists, philosophers, anthropologists and  education scholars and practitioners. Together with 400 graduate students, its professors  work in three divisions:

  • to explore the psychology of learning and pioneer educational technologies and new teaching approaches that leverage the latest cognitive science;
  • to analyze how education systems operate, identify social factors that influence their effectiveness and study the role of public policy in shaping these systems;
  • and to develop and deliver training and tools that empower teachers and education leaders to make a difference.

The school is home to 18 centers that have emerged as research and policy powerhouses over the last decade, and is also home to the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), which  is viewed internationally as a model for preparing education leaders. Beyond training new teachers, the GSE offers professional development courses to several hundred experienced teachers every summer, as well as to principals, superintendents and education policy makers.

The GSE also has a track record for producing “edupreneurs.” In recent years, graduates of its learning design & technology masters program and its learning sciences and technology design doctoral program have launched startups that develop new learning platforms, new approaches to online learning, educational games for iPads and mobile phones, and other new educational technologies and programs. In addition, GSE faculty members have advised such companies and nonprofits as Pearson, Disney, LeapFrog, and Sesame Street. Last year the school launched Education’s Digital Future, taking a leading role in Silicon Valley in the study and development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other new methods of online learning.

The Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)SCOPE, a center in the Stanford GSE, fosters research, policy, and practice to advance high quality, equitable education systems in the United States and internationally. SCOPE also is an affiliate of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

SCOPE’s work encompasses research, policy, and practice and is used by district leaders, practitioners, policymakers, and researchers. Current SCOPE projects include:

  • The Opportunity Gap: Focusing on the achievement gap has put our attention and resources on a symptom, not the core problem. To improve education for all children, America must address the opportunity gap in education and in society. A national group of researchers, convened by SCOPE and the National Education Policy Center, is releasing a series of  evidence-based policy recommendations in a new book coming out in April. Read more
  • Teacher preparation, quality, and assessment: A wide range of SCOPE research and policy work is addressing the ways that teachers can be prepared, supported, assessed, and compensated to ensure all students learn from high-quality teachers. A number of projects address these issues and can be found on our Projects page.
  • Linked Learning District Leadership Series: SCOPE is working with district, school, industry, non-profit, and higher education leaders in California to help build and advance the field of Linked Learning. Read more
  • Student performance assessments: SCOPE is conducting research on high-quality student performance assessments aligned with the Common Core standards. Research focuses on technical advances, feasibility issues, policy implications, uses with English language learners, and costs. Read more
  • Student-centered learning: Four California schools are shedding light on what in-school factors can close the opportunity and achievement gaps for U.S. students. Read more

Learn more about SCOPE research
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EWA Featured Speakers from Stanford
Anthony Antonio
Eric Bettinger
Paulo Blikstein
Prudence Carter
Linda Darling-Hammond
Karin Forrsell
Diane Friedlaender
Pamela Grossman
Kenji Hakuta
Daphne Koller
Susanna Loeb
John Mitchell
Margaret (Macke) Raymond
Sean Reardon
Claude Steele
Susie Wise

EWA Featured Stanford Programs and Partner Sites
Hasso Platner Institute of Design (
Hillsdale High School
Linked Learning
Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory

More Information
GSE Web site
GSE Media contact: Jonathan Rabinovitz, (650) 724-9440
Twitter: @StanfordEd
SCOPE Web site
SCOPE media contact: Barbara McKenna, (831) 588-4309
Twitter: @scope_stanford