Education Leadership & Policy


Education Leadership and Policy

The School of Education has a major part to play in providing nonpartisan, research-based education policy analysis and recommendations, and to prepare leaders to influence and enact policies that meet the needs of their students and teachers. Several faculty are experts in education policy and leadership, we offer a PhD emphasis in leadership and policy as well as offer a one-year Master’s degree in education policy.

Distinguished Speaker Event

Maisha T. Winn
Featured Speaker, Distinguished Educational Thinkers Speaker Series

Justice on Both Sides: Toward a Restorative Justice Discourse in Schools

Monday, November 16, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

MUII, Memorial Union, UC Davis

The UC Davis School of Education and the Graduate Group in Education along with the Social Justice Education Coalition and the School of Education Alumni Annual Fund are pleased to present Professor Maisha Winn.


Establishing Shared Goals for Improved Instruction: What’s a District Leader To Do?

Too often school district leaders focus so much on operations and compliance with state and federal policy that they don’t pay enough attention to teaching and learning, according to Thomas Timar, professor of education at the UC Davis School of Education. The result is a cacophony of efforts, often working at cross-purposes.

News Michal Kurlaender

Michal Kurlaender Named Co-Director of Leading Education Policy Organization

Associate Professor Michal Kurlaender has been named a co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), an independent, nonpartisan research center based at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and UC Davis. 

PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California’s education system, from early childhood to postsecondary education and training. Learn more about PACE at

Event Michal Kurlaender

School Hosts Education Policy Advocates Forum
October 2012

The School of Education’ Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed), in partnership with the Poverty Research Center at UC Davis, hosted leading education advocates in panel discussion about education policy in California and the ramifications of the November election on school finance in the state. “Education Policymaking in a Time of Uncertainty: Reflections from the Third House” was organized by Michal Kurlaender, associate professor of education policy and leadership. View the discussion online.

News Paul Heckman Jamal Abedi

Study finds too many variables with eighth-grade algebra policy
Davis Enterprise, September 9, 2012

Paul Heckman, associate dean of the School of Education, is interviewed extensively in this article highlighting research conducted by Heckman and Professor Jamal Abedi. Read the full article by Jeff Hudson here.

Associate Dean and Professor Paul Heckman

Paul Heckman

Paul Heckman knows firsthand the power of a community that takes charge of its own destiny. In fact, he believes communities made up of empowered parents have schools that function better.

Usually schools talk to parents: administrators and teachers tell them what their children are doing in school and report on their academic progress. It is a one-way conversation, according to Heckman.

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