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Linda Darling-Hammond is 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 reform, 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 in the United States. In 2006, What Matters Most was named one of the most influential reports affecting US education and Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation's ten most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade. In 2008-09, she headed President Barack Obama's education policy transition team.
Among Darling-Hammond's more than 400 publications are The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future, winner of the 2011 Grawemeyer Award in Education; Powerful Teacher Education: Lessons from Exemplary Programs; Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and Be Able to Do, winner of the AACTE Pomeroy Award; Teaching as the Learning Profession, which received the National Staff Development Council's Outstanding Book Award for 2000; and The Right to Learn, recipient of the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Book Award for 1998. Among recent recognitions, she is the recipient of the 2011 Brock International Prize in Education and the 2009 McGraw Hill Prize for Innovation in Education.