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Meet Denise Pope, PhD

I'm Dr. Denise Pope. I'm a senior lecturer at the School of Education at Stanford University. I'm also an author, I wrote a book called Doing School, about the stress of the current high school experiences for teenagers; and that led me to be a co-founder of a company called Challenge Success. At Challenge Success, everyday we work with parents and schools to give them research-based strategies and tools to improve student health and well-being, and a love of learning. I'm also a mom. My most important job. I have 3 kids; I have a kid in elementary school, in middle school and in high school so I feel like I can relate to a lot of different parents out there. And we love to spend time together. Mostly family dinners, we eat together almost every night and they're not always beautiful but we often have some really good times. We like to cook together and hike together, enjoy the outdoors and read for pleasure. That's who I am.
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Denise Pope, PhD

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Denise Pope, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education. For the past 13 years, she has specialized in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that aims to reduce unhealthy pressure on youth and champions a broader vision of youth success. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. Her book, Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. Dr. Pope is a three time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award.  Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.

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