Linda Darling-Hammond named president for California State Board of Education

In his State of the State Address on Tuesday, Feb. 12, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he was appointing LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND to the position of president for the State Board of Education.

Linda Darling-Hammond
Linda Darling-Hammond

Newsom called Darling-Hammond, the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Emerita, a “nationally recognized education expert” and said she would work “alongside State Superintendent Tony Thurmond … to lift up all of our students.” In its coverage of the appointment, the Washington Post called Darling-Hammond “a giant in the world of education.”

The 11-person Board of Education oversees policy, academic standards, curriculum, assessments and accountability for K-12 schools throughout the state.

In 2008, Darling-Hammond founded and co-directed the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, which fosters research, policy and practice to advance high quality, equitable education systems in the United States and internationally. She has been president of the Learning Policy Institute since 2015. She served as the faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped design. She also is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the National Academy of Education.

Her research, teaching and policy work focus on issues of school reform, teacher quality and educational equity. From 1994 to 2001, she served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, a blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future, led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching in the United States. In 2006, this report was named one of the most influential affecting U.S. education and Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s 10 most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade. In 2008-09, she headed President Barack Obama’s education policy transition team and continues to serve as a policy adviser to the president. Darling-Hammond began her career as a public school teacher and co-founded both a preschool and a public high school.

Among her many publications is the influential The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future, published in 2010.