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School of Education at Johns Hopkins University


Dear Colleagues,

The aim of the School of Education is to help school systems throughout the nation become effective agents of a just and civilized society. That vision may not be invoked at every meeting or mentioned in the execution of our daily tasks, but it’s what invigorates us.

So how does that vision translate into effective action in the real world? First and foremost, we’re in the business of training the best and brightest teachers, scholars and practitioners through evidence-based research and instruction. By investigating the science behind learning, we provide effective and innovative tools so students can reach their full potential.

Our diverse faculty are the eminent researchers, social scientists and instructors in their respective fields, and this year we’ve added two top scholars to our ranks: David Steiner, former commissioner of education for the State of New York and dean of Hunter College, and Jonathan Plucker, a prominent education policy and talent development scholar. Read more about to how they will extend and support our vision.

Johns Hopkins provides the ideal environment to undertake this critically important work, and allows us to stay true to an approach that fundamentally challenges the status quo of education in America and around the world. I look forward to sharing more with you at the Association of American Universities annual meeting next month.

Best regards,

David W. Andrews
Dean and Professor, School of Education
Professor, School of Public Health


Jonathan Plucker
Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development

Jonathan PluckerDr. Jonathan Plucker, a prominent education policy and talent development scholar, will complement and advance the School of Education’s commitment to personalized learning. His research stresses the need to support all learners in a manner that maximizes his or her academic growth regardless of socioeconomic status or prior educational opportunities.

He will join Johns Hopkins University in January as the inaugural Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development, and hold a joint appointment at the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. Dr. Plucker has been supported by more than $30 million in external grants and contracts, and has published over 200 articles, chapters and reports. His most recent books include Intelligence 101, published with Amber Esping by Springer, and Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education, published with Carolyn Callahan by Prufrock Press. In Intelligence 101, Plucker focuses on the history of how we categorize, measure, and conceive of intelligence. His report, “Mind the Other Gap: The Growing Excellence Gap in K–12 Education,” examines the wide disparity between high-achieving white and affluent students and high-achieving minority and low-income students.

He also outlines key education-reform measures, including focusing equally on minimum competency and excellence while simultaneously addressing poverty. His work defining and studying the excellence gap ( is part of a larger effort to re-orient the thinking of policy-makers and educators toward how to best promote success and high achievement for all children.

David Steiner
Director of the Institute for Education Policy

Dr. David Steiner has a unique record of achievement as a policy leader, education reformer and scholar. He directs the Institute for Education Policy, a new endeavor that seeks to integrate the worlds of the teacher, researcher and policy-maker. He will bring these often-disparate communities together in the service of excellence and equity for all American children. To do so, we believe that policy must be informed by evidence and sensitized to real-world conditions in our schools; that research has to speak in a language accessible to the policy world and to teachers, principals and parents; and that rich diversity of our nation does not preclude practices that can open doors for millions.

Dr. Steiner joined Johns Hopkins after serving as director of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy at Roosevelt House and the Klara & Larry Silverstein Dean at the Hunter College School of Education. Under his leadership, the institute became the major center in New York City for the dissemination of research findings and the discussion of major educational issues by senior policy-makers and senior researchers. 

He previously served as commissioner of education for the State of New York, where he took a lead role in the state’s successful $700 million Race to the Top application to support the redesign of state standards, assessments and teacher certification requirements. He successfully argued to include a major funding request under that award for making outstanding curricula material available for free online, an effort that has produced EngageNY, the nation’s most visited curricula resource. He strengthened state assessments and worked with legislators and the Board of Regents to create a new teacher accountability structure.