Stanford education scholar Michael Kirst receives prestigious national award

Michael Kirst, professor emeritus at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education (GSE), has been named the 2017 recipient of the James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The award recognizes visionary education leaders for their expertise and dedication to improving education. Past recipients include President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley and Linda Darling-Hammond, professor emerita at Stanford GSE.

Kirst joined the Stanford faculty in 1969, where he taught education and business administration until becoming professor emeritus in 2007. Currently serving as president of the California State Board of Education for the second time, he is working with Gov. Jerry Brown to increase funds to California schools.

Michael Kirst
Michael Kirst

He has authored 10 books, including The Political Dynamics of American Education and From High School to College. His newest book, Higher Education and Silicon Valley, will be published later this year.

The James A. Kelly Award is named for the founding president and CEO of the National Board, who received a PhD in education from Stanford in 1967.

“I am thrilled that the 2017 Kelly Award will go to Mike Kirst,” Kelly said in an announcement from the National Board. “His career has been dedicated to improving schools and, in turn, making life better for their students.”

For more information, see the National Board’s announcement.