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darlinghammondLinda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University and President of the Learning Policy Institute, which connects research to policy and practice in the cause of more equitable and empowering learning.  At Stanford, she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the School Redesign Network and served as the faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Programme, which she helped to redesign.  Before joining Stanford, she was the William F. Russell Professor of Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a Senior Social Scientist and director of the education programme at the RAND Corporation. 

From 1994–2001, Darling-Hammond served as the founding director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, whose 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching and was named one of the most influential reports affecting U.S. education in that decade. In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy.  She served as the leader of President Barack Obama’s education policy transition team in 2008. 

Darling-Hammond began her career as a public school teacher and co-founded both a preschool and a public high school. She has consulted widely with federal, state and local officials and educators on strategies for improving education policies and practices. Among her more than 500 publications are a number of award-winning books, including The Right to Learn, Teaching as the Learning Profession, Preparing Teachers for a Changing World, and The Flat World and Education.  She is past president of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of its awards for Distinguished Contributions to Research, Lifetime Achievement, and Research-to-Policy.   She is also a two-term member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and a member of both the American Association of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Education. 

Darling-Hammond is recipient of 14 honorary degrees and numerous awards for the quality and impact of her research, including the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, the Brock International Prize, the McGraw Hill Award for Innovation, and the Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Research.  She received an Ed.D. from Temple University (with highest distinction) and a B.A. from Yale University (magna cum laude).

floresMaria Assunção Flores is an associate professor with qualification at the University of Minho, Portugal. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham, UK. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2008/2009. Her research interests include teacher professionalism and identity, teacher education and professional development, teacher appraisal, and change as well as higher education. She has published extensively on these topics both nationally and internationally. She is currently Chair of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT) and is the Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). She is executive editor of the journal Teachers and Teaching Theory and Practice.




wain2Kenneth Wain is professor at the University of Malta where he served as Head of the Department of Education Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Education and where he currently teaches philosophy of education and moral and political philosophy. He received his PhD from the University of London and over the years he has published numerous articles in these areas of philosophy in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as several chapters in books. He has also authored Philosophy of Lifelong Education (Croom Helm, 1987), The Maltese National Curriculum: a Critical Evaluation (Mireva, 1991), Theories of Teaching (Mireva, 1992), The Value Crisis: an Introduction to Ethics (Malta University Press, 1995), The Learning Society in a Postmodern World (Peter Lang, 2004), On Rousseau: An Introduction to his Radical Thinking on Education and Politics (Sense, 2011), Democracy Without Confession (with John Baldacchino) (Allied Publishers, 2013), Does it Matter who Speaks? (Malta University Press, 2014), Between Truth and Freedom: Rousseau and our Contemporary Political and Educational Culture (2015) (Routledge London/NY). Professor Wain was involved in preparing several reports and studies related to the most significant educational reforms and policies in Malta in the 1990s and early 2000s, chairing committees and policy groups and advising the Ministry of Education. He has attended and presented papers at various conferences over the years and has also written several articles on educational, political and ethical issues in the popular press and debated on these subjects on the broadcast media.    

Last Updated: 16 March 2016

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