Linda Darling-Hammond event draws regional educators

How can we ensure high-quality educational practices for all students in all classrooms? Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond addressed this topic for 300 educators gathered this week at PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union. Dr. Darling-Hammond is a nationally-known education advisor, speaker, and author. “She has been identified as one of the most influential people in education today,” says Randy Hitz, dean of the PSU Graduate School of Education. “She is influential today and her work will continue to be valued for decades to come.”

The PSU Graduate School of Education hosted the Dr. Darling-Hammond event. She began her day addressing the City of Portland mayor’s education cabinet, where she met with local business and education leaders and policymakers.

Her afternoon talk at PSU addressed the issue of inconsistent teacher evaluation practices and also touched on discrepancies between good teaching practices and assessment tools. “Americans are great at innovating, creating, and inventing best practices,” says Dr. Darling-Hammond. “What we’re not good at is scaling them up and making them universally available.” She says the trouble with America today is that we have a “culture of disposability.” She points out that many great programs have been successfully implemented but are later dropped.

Dr. Darling-Hammond has written four books on educational reform and in 2008 was officially named head of President Obama’s education policy work group.

Download podcast of the GSE presentation (audio)
Linda Darling-Hammond

Download slides from the presentation
Leadership for Teacher Education

Creating a Village to Raise Achievement – Portland (Mayor’s Education Summit)
Developing and Assessing Teacher Effectiveness.Top 10 (GSE presentation)

About Linda Darling-Hammond

Dr. Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University where she has launched the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the School Redesign Network and served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education. Her research, teaching, and policy work focus on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality and educational equity. From 1994-2001, she served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, a blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future, led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching and teacher education. In 2006, this report was named one of the most influential affecting U.S. education and Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade. She recently served as the leader of President Barack Obama’s education policy transition team.

Among Darling-Hammond’s more than 300 publications are The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Teachers College Press, 2010); Powerful Teacher Education: Lessons from Exemplary Programs (Jossey-Bass, 2006); Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and Be Able to Do (with John Bransford; Jossey-Bass, 2005), winner of the AACTE Pomeroy Award; Teaching as the Learning Profession (co-edited with Gary Sykes; Jossey-Bass, 1999), which received the National Staff Development Council’s Outstanding Book Award for 2000; and The Right to Learn (Jossey-Bass, 1st edition, 1997), recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award for 1998.

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