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Resources for Educators

Center to Support Excellence in Teaching

The Center for the Support of Excellence in Teaching (CSET) combines empirical evidence and experience in the classroom to identify, test, and share the most effective ways to teach. CSET’s interdisciplinary research teams collaborate to design and implement a portfolio of professional development programs, develop and evaluate tools for measuring quality teaching, and determine the impact of these models on student achievement—all with special focus on culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. The Center for the Support of Excellence in Teaching (CSET) provides sustained opportunities for teachers to develop their professional knowledge and skills, including an understanding of subject matter and how best to teach subject-specific content to a wide range of students.

Challenge Success

Formed in 2007, Challenge Success grew out of the success of the highly successful Stressed Out Students Project at Stanford University. Founded on the belief that real success results from attention to the basic development needs of children and a valuing of different types of skills and abilities, Challenge Success seeks to inform, inspire, and equip youth, parents, and schools to adopt practices to expand options for youth success. The organization offers high-quality professional development workshops for elementary schools, and conferences for schools, parents, and youth to address issues of student health, school engagement, and academic integrity.

Executive Program for Educator Leaders

Stanford GSE and Stanford Graduate School of Business jointly offer the EPEL program, which supports the development of innovative, problem-solving management skills and leadership capacity for current superintendents and other central office leaders.

John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities

The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities (JGC) partners with communities to research, develop, and disseminate effective practices and models for developing well rounded young people. By bringing together community leaders and sharing new knowledge, JGC supports them in implementing quality programs for and with their young people. Its work is focused in the following San Francisco Bay Area communities: Redwood City, San Mateo County Mid-Coast, Oakland, and San Mateo and Alameda counties.

National Board Resource Center

The National Board Resource Center at Stanford (NBRC) offers support to candidates for National Board certification, promote teacher leadership, and improve the quality of teaching in California schools. Its successful support program is staffed by Board-certified teachers and is open to any eligible candidate. NBRC helps teachers and administrators learn about ways to use National Board certification to advance professional practice and promote teaching quality in schools by providing information and support at its sessions at Stanford and through related outreach throughout the Bay Area.

Stanford History Education Group

SHEG is a collaboration among many people: full-time staff, graduate student RAs, practicing teachers, and undergraduate volunteers and interns. SHEG sponsors an ongoing research group for students across the university interested in issues of how history is taught and learned. We also host visiting scholars whose work addresses issues of historical understanding and history education.

Stanford Principal Fellows Program

Launched in 2008, the Stanford Principals Fellows Program is a year-long professional program designed to challenge and strengthen exceptional, early-career principals. Its goal is to develop principals with the knowledge, skills, and vision to lead equitable, transformational schools where all children can succeed and thrive. Participants attend intensive retreats and monthly working seminars where they investigate the challenges of 21st century school leadership and the skills required to meet them. The work centers on instructional leadership.

Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas

Understanding Language draws attention to the critical role of language in subject-area instruction, as represented in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. UL seeks to improve academic outcomes for all students, and especially English language learners, by developing exemplary instructional resources and by advocating for policy supports at the state and local levels.


YouCubed was co-founded by Professor Jo Boaler and Cathy Williams, who now serves as executive director, to make the latest research on math learning accessible to teachers and parents, giving them practical ways to incorporate new and important research ideas in classrooms and homes. Through free downloads, research papers and community forums, YouCubed's mission is to inspire math success for all students through growth mindsets and innovative teaching.