Deborah Stipek is Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Psychology at Stanford University and has served as Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Her scholarship concerns instructional effects on children’s achievement motivation and early childhood education. She is particularly concerned about policies and practices that afford children of color and children living in poverty the educational advantages of their more affluent peers. Her current focus is on strategies to develop young children’s basic academic skills while supporting their social-emotional development and motivation. In addition to her scholarship, she was a Society for Research in Child Development Fellow, working in the office of Senator Bill Bradley; she served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Education.