Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Emeritus, at Stanford University where she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and served as faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped redesign. She currently serves as chair of California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Darling-Hammond is past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and recipient of AERA awards for Distinguished Contributions to Research, Lifetime Achievement, Research Review, and Research-to-Policy. She is a member of the American Association of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Education. From 1994 to 2001, she was executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future; its 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future was named one of the most influential reports affecting U.S. education in that decade. In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s 10 most influential people affecting educational policy. In 2008, she served as the leader of President Barack Obama’s education policy transition team.
Darling-Hammond began her career as a public school teacher and co-founded both a preschool and a public high school. She served as director of the RAND Corporation’s education program and as an endowed professor at Columbia University, Teachers College, before coming to Stanford. She has consulted widely with federal, state, and local officials and educators on strategies for improving education policies and practices. She is the recipient of 14 honorary degrees in the U.S. and internationally. Among her more than 500 publications are numerous award-winning books, including The Right to Learn, Teaching as the Learning Profession, Preparing Teachers for a Changing World, and The Flat World and Education. She received an EdD from Temple University (with highest distinction) and a BA from Yale University (magna cum laude).