Dr. Angela Haydel DeBarger, Ph.D. has been hired as a program officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s education program. DeBarger has spent her entire career advancing educational causes. She comes to the Hewlett Foundation from the George Lucas Educational Foundation, where she worked as a senior program officer focused on project-based and deeper learning programs for more than three years. Prior to that, she worked as a senior research scientist at SRI International where she studied and designed principles and strategies for educators for 12 years. Both the George Lucas Educational Foundation and SRI International regularly receive grants from the Hewlett Foundation’s education program. Because of this, DeBarger has had numerous interactions with Hewlett program officers through which she gained valuable insight into the functions and principles of the foundation.
Throughout her career, she has also established several professional affiliations with educational associations; including the National Science Teachers Association, the American Educational Research Association and the International Society of the Learning Sciences. DeBarger’s own education includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a master’s degree, also in psychology, from the University of Michigan. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University. Kent McGuire, director of the Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program expressed his support of her hiring in a press release: “I am delighted to announce that Angela Haydel DeBarger is joining us as a program officer in the Education Program, where she will lead our deeper learning portfolio that supports organizations working to build rigorous academic content, critical thinking, and collaborative learning in kindergarten through twelfth grade schools in the U.S. Angela brings more than 15 years of experience developing evidence-based approaches to increase equitable learning practices and outcomes.”