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Deborah Stipek

Senior Research Fellow
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Deborah Stipek is the Emeritus Judy Koch Professor of Early Childhood Education at Stanford University and former 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 and creating coherence in children’s educational experience from preschool through third grade. She served for 5 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. Currently she directs the Development and Research in Early Math Education Network, and supports California Education Partner’s work with districts endeavoring to improve P–3 instructional alignment.