College of Education alumna Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University was ranked the most publicly influential education scholar in the 2016 Rick Hess Straight Up Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings published by Education Week. Review the rankings here. Dr. Darling-Hammond earned a PhD in Urban Education from Temple University. Also included in the rankings, is College of Education alumnus Marc Lamont Hill.


Filling the top slot of most influential American scholar is Linda Darling-Hammond, founder and faculty director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, at Stanford University. Darling-Hammond is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2008, she served as director of President Obama’s education policy transition team. A prolific writer, Darling-Hammond’s most recent books are: “Beyond the Bubble Test: How Performance Assessments Support 21st Century Learning” (2014), “Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement (2013) and “The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future,” for which she received the coveted Grawemeyer Award in 2012. Darling-Hammond graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1973, and earned her doctorate in Urban Education (with highest distinction) from Temple University in 1978.

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