Stanford Experts

Milbrey McLaughlin

Founding Director, John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities; Director, Center for Research on the Context of Teaching; Professor Emerita of Education and Public Policy


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Milbrey McLaughlin’s research combines studies of K-12 education policy in the United States and work on the broad question of community-school collaboration to support youth development. Her research on public education focuses on how school teaching is shaped by “context” issues such as organizational policy and social-cultural conditions of the schools, districts and communities. Within communities, she is involved with local efforts to engage whole communities (schools, community organizations and agencies, parents and faith-based institutions) in developing new strategies and capacity to promote youth development broadly considered. Her areas of expertise include community youth development, school reform, education policy, inner-city youth, court-dependent youth, community schools and alternative education.