Prof. Deborah J. Stipek


PECERA 2018 First Keynote Address by Prof. Deborah J. Stipek

Title: The Right Start: Preparing Children for Educational Success



Professor Stipek will discuss recent evidence on how brain development in early childhood creates the foundation for all later development. She will also describe what has been learned about the qualities of educational programs for young children that support their intellectual and social-emotional development and prepare them to succeed in school. 



Deborah J. Stipek, Ph.D. is the Judy Koch Professor of Education, the Peter E. Haas Faculty Director of the Haas Center for Public Service, and the former I James Quillen Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her doctorate is from Yale University in developmental psychology. Her scholarship concerns instructional effects on children’s achievement motivation, early childhood education, elementary education and school reform. In addition to her scholarship, 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. She also chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Increasing High School Students’ Engagement & Motivation to Learn and the MacArthur Foundation Network on Teaching and Learning. She currently chairs the Heising-Simons Development and Research on Early Math Education Network. Dr. Stipek served 10 of her 23 years at UCLA as Director of the Corinne Seeds University Elementary School and the Urban Education Studies Center. She joined the Stanford Graduate School of Education as Dean and Professor of Education in January 2001.