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Diane Friedlaender

Position Title: 
Senior Researcher
Professional Background: 

Dr. Friedlaender has been affiliated with SCOPE for the past 13 years, since it was the School Redesign Network. At SCOPE she had led many qualitative case study research projects. Diane spent the past 15 years serving as the external evaluator to the Alameda County Office of Education for their arts integration grants. Prior to her work at Stanford she conducted research on education, workforce and youth development and grant making strategies. She also taught graduate level courses on qualitative methods and the sociological and multi-cultural foundations in education and conducted anti-racism trainings for teachers.


  • PhD, UCLA, Education Policy
  • BA, UCSD, Anthropology
Why I am at SCOPE: 

Our society can only thrive when all our children do. My own experiences with progressive education, cemented my conviction that every child has a right to an education that opens them up to opportunities to develop their cognitive, emotional, creative, social and physical capacities. I believe that the health of our society depends upon ensuring that all children, regardless of income, language spoken or education of their parents have the opportunity to thrive holistically.

Recent Contributions: 

At SCOPE, I have led qualitative research of schools that are effectively preparing low-income students and students of color for college, career, and life including, Student-Centered Schools: Closing the Opportunity Gap (2014) and High Schools for Equity: Policy Supports for Student Learning in Communities of Color (2007), co-authored with Linda Darling-Hammond. More recently I have conducted research at the school district level, focusing on the integration of a systems thinking approach to facilitate addressing issues of equity and inclusion of diverse voices in problem solving and decision making. My areas of expertise include educational equity, urban education, secondary school transformation, arts integration and qualitative research methods.