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The Forum on the Future of Public Education

The Forum on the Future of Public Education strives to bring the best empirical evidence to policymakers and the public.

The Forum draws on a network of premier scholars to create, interpret, and disseminate credible information on key questions facing P-20 education. The Forum pursues original research and facilitates collaboration between researchers and policymakers to examine the pressing issues shaping the future of public education. Key constituencies of the Forum include scholars who influence research, policy and practice; policy makers and policy making bodies at all levels; members of the media who influence public opinion; foundations, organizations, business groups and others who support, criticize and advocate for reform; and citizens who make choices about education for themselves and their children.

America is witnessing a drastic redefinition of the policies and practices associated with “public education.” Too often, discussions around the future of public education are strong on passion but short on actual evidence. The Forum for the Future of Public Education is filing that gap by building a resource of objective, research-based insights on key educational issues. We are establishing an open venue- a true public forum to debate controversial and consequential policy issues that will shape American’s future.

College Mourns the Loss of Stafford L. Hood, Sheila M. Miller Professor Emeritus

Jan 19, 2023, 09:30 by (Dean's Office)

We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of our colleague and friend Dr. Stafford L. Hood on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at the age of 70.

Funeral services have been arranged, as follows:

Wednesday evening, January 25 (Location TBA)

Funeral Mass
Thursday, January 26, 11 a.m. – noon
St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
3450 W. Ray Road, Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 899-1990

Burial Service
Thursday, January 26, 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
1562 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 892-3729

Falconer Funeral Home
251 W. Juniper Avenue, Gilbert, AZ 85233
(480) 545-5207

The Hood family has indicated that additional information will be forthcoming. At this time, condolences may be sent to the College of Education c/o Dean’s Office, Suite 38, 1310 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820.

Hood was the Sheila M. Miller Professor Emeritus of Education and Founding Director Emeritus of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. During his tenure at Illinois, Hood held faculty appointments as professor of Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Psychology. He also served as the College’s associate dean for research and research education and department head of Curriculum and Instruction. Previous to Illinois, Hood served as professor of psychology in education and associate dean for research in the College of Education at Arizona State University.

Hood had more than three decades of experience as a university professor, researcher, scholar, and practitioner in program evaluation and assessment with a specific focus in culture and cultural context, along with a focus on contributions of African American evaluators during the Pre-Brown v. Board of Education (1930-1954) era. His work significantly influenced the development of culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) as a form of evaluative inquiry and practice by prioritizing the centrality of culture as well as cultural context. Hood received extensive federal and private funding for his work in this area particularly as an external evaluator for federally funded projects focusing on broadening participation in STEM. He served as a program evaluation assessment consultant to the federal government, state governments, local school districts, universities, private foundations, and internationally.

Hood was a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (2016), received the American Evaluation Association’s 2015 Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award, was conferred an honorary appointment as Adjunct Professor in the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University (Dublin, Ireland) in 2014, and was a Fellow of the American Council on Education (2001-2002).