Linda Darling-Hammond Wins the $3.9 Million Yidan Prize

Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor emeritus at Stanford Graduate School of Education has been awarded the 2022 Yidan Prize for education research. The Yidan Prize was founded by Charles Chen Yidan, a philanthropist and core founder of Tencent, a technology company. The Yidan Prize is the world’s largest prize in education. Dr. Darling-Hammond will receive nearly $4 million in recognition of her work.

Now president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, a nonprofit focused on education research, Dr. Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, where she launched the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.

Throughout her career, Dr. Darling-Hammond’s research has focused on issues of school reform, teacher quality, and educational equity. In 2010, she led President Obama’s education policy transition team. She is the author of The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Teachers College Press, 2010).

Dr. Darling-Hammond is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University. She holds an educational doctorate with highest distinction, in urban education from Temple University.

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