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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond Elected to Alliance for Excellent Education’s Board of Directors

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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond Elected to Alliance for Excellent Education’s Board of Directors

Leading education researcher joins the Alliance to ensure every child a graduate

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, a leader in public education reform, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Alliance for Excellent Education.

Dr. Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she has launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network. She was the founding Executive Director of the National Commission for Teaching and America’s Future, the blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future, catalyzed major policy changes across the United States to improve the quality of teacher education and teaching. Her research, teaching, and policy work focus on issues of teaching quality, school reform, and educational equity. Among her more than 200 publications is The Right to Learn, recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award for 1998, and Teaching as the Learning Profession (co-edited with Gary Sykes), recipient of the National Staff Development Council’s Outstanding Book Award for 2000.

“Dr. Darling-Hammond’s vision and expertise provides valuable guidance to the Alliance’s work to achieve real change in America’s high schools,” says Dan Leeds, Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “Her election moves the Alliance closer to its mission to ensure every child is a high school graduate prepared for post-secondary education, success in life, and to be contributing members of society.”

Dr. Darling-Hammond joins Gerry G. Leeds, Lilo Leeds, Greg Jobin-Leeds, Anne Morgan, Michael T. O’Keefe, Steven Raymund, and Harold M. Williams on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. It is funded by the Leeds Family, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Daniels Fund, and the New York Community Trust, as well as by concerned individuals.

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