George Lucas Educational Foundation

Denise Pope, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Dr. Denise Pope specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. 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 (Yale University Press, 2001) was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. Dr. Pope is a 3-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award, and was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year "Educators' Voice Award" from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Denise Pope is a co-founder of Challenge Success, an organization formed in 2007 that grew out of the highly successful Stressed-Out Students Project she started at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. Responding to an increase in academic and emotional problems among kids in the United States, Challenge Success provides schools, parents and families with the practical, research-based tools they need to raise healthy, motivated kids.

The organization has worked with over 100 schools to identify problems and implement education policies and professional development on topics concerning curriculum, assessment, engagement, and a healthy school climate. Challenge Success provides the support parents need to help their children regain their balance, strengthen their sense of self, increase their motivation and critical thinking skills, and learn how to deal effectively with the inevitable challenges of life. For more information about Challenge Success, visit the website at

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