Deborah Stipek

Deborah Stipek
Deborah Stipek
Professor Emerita,
Stanford University

Deborah Stipek is the Judy Koch Professor of Education and the Peter E. Haas Faculty Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. She also served as dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a faculty director of PACE. Her scholarship concerns early childhood and elementary education, especially focused on math and motivation. In addition to her research, Dr. Stipek has an interest in strategies to develop young children’s basic academic skills while supporting their social-emotional development and motivation. She served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth and Families at the National Research Council; chaired the National Research Council Committee for Increasing High School Students' Engagement and Motivation to Learn, and directed the MacArthur Foundation Network on Teaching and Learning. She currently chairs the Heising-Simons Development and Research on Early Math Education Network. Her books include Motivation to learn: Integrating theory and practice and Motivated Minds: Raising Children to Love Learning. She holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University. 

Publications by Deborah Stipek
The use of the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to improve early childhood education program quality is based in part on assumptions that the quality of programs can be measured and that quality ratings are associated with meaningful…
Challenges and Opportunities in California
With the infusion of new funds, Governor Gavin Newsom has placed early childhood education high on California’s policy agenda. Yet the state still faces the complicated challenge of sustaining and building on the progress children make in preK.…
Evidence from the 2019 PACE/USC Rossier Voter Poll
Governor Gavin Newsom campaigned on a “cradle to career” education strategy that identified childcare and early education as key priorities. The Governor’s 2019 Budget Proposal follows through with the inclusion of several initiatives aimed at…
What It Takes
Access to affordable preschool programs is a crucial issue for improving kindergarten readiness for 3- to 5-year-olds, but research shows that the quality of teaching and learning in those programs is just as essential. Across the country, states…