MCNC’s 2013 Keynote Speaker: Linda Darling-Hammond

“Bureaucratic solutions to problem of practice will always fail because effective teaching is not routine, students are not passive, and questions of practice are not simple, predictable, or standardized. Consequently instructional decisions cannot be formulated on high then packaged and handed down to teachers.”  From The Right to Learn


Linda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University where she is Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.   She launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network. She has also served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She is 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, 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.


Darling-Hammond is the author of over 400 publications including: The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future (2010) and Powerful Teacher Education (2006). She holds a BA magna cum laude from Yale University and an EdD (Urban Education) from Temple University.  She began her career as a public school teacher.  Her professional experience prior to Stanford University includes: Director and Senior Social Scientist for the RAND Corporation’s Education and Program; William F. Russell Professor of Education and Co-Director, National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is currently also a member of the Boards of Directors for the National Council for Educating Black Children Board, the Alliance for Excellent Education, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, and the Center for Teaching Quality, among others.  She was education adviser to President Obama during the 2008 election campaign and led his education policy transition team.