Dave Paunesku

PERTS Executive Director and Co-Founder
PERTS Research Center, Stanford University
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Dave Paunesku is a social psychologist and evidence-based education reformer. He yearns for a world in which all schools and colleges build—rather than undermine—students’ motivation and ability to learn. As the founding director of PERTS, an applied research center at Stanford University, Paunesku develops and validates scalable tools and services that help educators apply insights from the learning sciences to foster healthy and equitable development. He seeks to empower America's educators to create the conditions that are necessary for all students to develop into passionate, resilient, and successful learners. Paunesku's work with academic, industry, and government partners has led to the development and dissemination of evidence-based resources that have reached millions of learners worldwide.


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