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Discover Stanford for You: Educational Opportunity in a Changing City

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join Dr. Francis Pearman, Stanford Assistant Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, as he shares his research on the shifting geography of urban inequality in the Bay Area and explores what gentrification and affordability challenges mean for educational access and equity.

In the new academic year, Discover Stanford for You will feature Stanford’s emerging accelerators, who aim to translate knowledge and research into impact, driving solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The Transforming Learning Accelerator leverages advances in neuroscience, data and technology to create more effective and equitable learning solutions.


Francis PearmanProfessor Pearman's research focuses on how poverty and inequality shape the life chances of children, especially in rapidly changing cities. His current research examines issues related to gentrification and housing affordability and their impacts on children and schools. Throughout his research, Pearman combines rigorous quantitative methods with careful attention to how “big data,” including geo-coded crime statistics, business information, and local voting patterns, might open new sites of inquiry in the field of education. His research has been published in leading journals and media outlets, including American Educational Research Journal, Review of Educational Research, and Sociology of Education, The Economist and The Atlantic. In addition, he has received multiple awards and fellowships from the National Institutes of Health and the American Educational Research Association, among others.

Daniel L. SchwartzDaniel L. Schwartz is the I. James Quillen Dean and Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Educational Technology at Stanford Graduate School of Education. He leads Stanford’s Transforming Learning Accelerator, a major interdisciplinary initiative advancing the science of learning to bring effective and equitable solutions to the world. An expert in human learning and educational technology, Schwartz also oversees a laboratory that creates pedagogy, technology, and assessments that prepare students to continue learning and adapting throughout their lifetimes. He has taught math in rural Kenya, English in south-central Los Angeles and multiple subjects in Kaltag, Alaska. As co-host of the Stanford podcast and SiriusXM radio show School’s In, Schwartz discusses current topics in teaching and learning with an aim of helping educators and parents understand and use the latest research. He is author of The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them.

Tricia RaikesTricia Raikes is a philanthropist, advocate, and executive who works with communities, government, and business leaders to advance racial justice and equity in our country. Tricia is the co-founder of the Raikes Foundation with her husband, Jeff. Together, they focus on transforming youth-serving systems to support healthy life outcomes and increased agency for young people. Tricia previously led Creative Services at Microsoft. She is a partner governing the Seattle Mariners and an active member on various boards. A longtime advocate for research universities, Tricia serves on the advisory boards for Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, Stanford’s Undergraduate Cabinet, and the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska. She was recognized as a White House Champion of Change by President Obama for her work on youth homelessness. Tricia graduated from Washington State University. Her husband, Jeff (B.A. ’80), and three children (B.A. ’10 and M.Ed. ‘11), (B.A. ’14), and (B.A.’16), are all graduates of Stanford University.

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