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Seattle: Learning Difference and the Future of Special Education

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Mon, October 21, 2019
05:30PM - 08:00PM
Zillow HQ
1301 2nd Avenue, Seattle WA 98101
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GSE Alumni Relations

Registration includes hors d’oeuvre and beverages.

Children with learning differences are often marked by stigma. Special education research is often siloed. Learn how Stanford and the Graduate School of Education plan to change this.

Join fellow alumni and friends for a community conversation with Dan Schwartz, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE), and GSE faculty Elizabeth Kozleski and Bruce McCandliss on the new Learning Differences and the Future of Special Education initiative housed at the GSE. Learn how Stanford faculty and community partners plan to advance our knowledge about the sources of and attitudes toward disabilities, drive innovation to improve methods of early identification of learning differences, and create new supports to help all learners participate fully in society.


Elizabeth Kozleski is the co-director of the GSE’s Initiative on Learning Differences and the Future of Special Education. Her research includes the analysis of systems change in education, how teachers learn in practice in complex, diverse school settings, as well as how educational practices improve student learning. She has led the design and development of teacher education programs that involve extensive clinical practice in general education settings. She has senior leadership roles on several projects including the Emergent Literacy Curriculum for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in General Education Classrooms, and the Special Education Leadership in System-wide Equity and Access for Students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds.

Bruce McCandliss's research uses the tools of developmental cognitive neuroscience to study individual differences and educational transformations in key cognitive skills such as attention, literacy, and mathematics. In 2014, he accepted full professorship at Stanford University where in 2018, he launched the Educational Neuroscience Initiative which aims to bring together elementary school education and neuroscience research to understand how the brain changes with learning.

Daniel L. Schwartz is the I. James Quillen Dean and Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Educational Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE). An expert in human learning and educational technology, Schwartz oversees a laboratory whose computer-focused developments in science and math instruction permit original research into fundamental questions of learning. Schwartz studies student understanding and representation and the ways that technology can facilitate learning. He works at the intersection of cognitive science, computer science, and education, examining cognition and instruction in individual, cross-cultural, and technological settings. His book, The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work and When to Use Them, distills learning theories into practical solutions for use at home or in the classroom. NPR noted the book among the "best reads" for 2016.


For more than 100 years, Stanford Graduate School of Education has been committed to rigor, daring, and relevance in education research, practice, and policy. The Improving Lives Through Learning Tour shares how the school continues to build upon that legacy through local conversations about the future of learning.


The mission of Stanford Graduate School of Education is to produce groundbreaking research, model programs, and exceptional leaders in education to achieve equitable, accessible, and effective learning for all.

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Seattle: Learning Difference and the Future of Special Education
Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 5:30 PM

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