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Stanford Graduate School of Education research centers design and oversee in-person and online learning opportunities for educators and school system leaders.

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Upcoming opportunities

In-person | Math | Fee
Teaching Mathematics through Big Ideas in the Elementary Years
January 24, 2023 - January 25, 2023
Center: youcubed
In this 2-day workshop, we explore the Big Ideas and how to use them to teach students in an engaging way, while covering all relevant mathematical standards. Focused on grades 3-5 but appropriate for any elementary school teacher.

Ongoing opportunities

Our research centers offer a variety of ongoing professional learning opportunities—some self-paced and designed for individuals, some designed to be delivered to school or community groups. Explore the possibilities listed here, or reach out to our professional learning staff to explore customized learning experiences for your school or district.

Wheel of learners resources: imagine, persist, innovate, problem solve, etc.
Hybrid | All content areas | Fee
Pedagogy for Powerful Learning: Leveraging technology, materials, and thinking routines to create creative and joyful learning for all students
Center: Center to Support Excellence in Schools
This workshop will engage participants as learners, designers, and facilitators through collaborative and creative hands-on experiences.

Online | In-person | Hybrid | Well-being | Fee
Building Blocks for Belonging
Center: Challenge Success
Explore concrete classroom strategies and school-wide policies that foster belonging and connection.

Online | In-person | Hybrid | Math | Data science | Science | History | Language & literacy | World languages | Well-being | All content areas | Fee
Curriculum Development Workshops
Center: Challenge Success
Explore a "backward design" model and interact with an array of pedagogical tools to help engage students in deep, meaningful learning.

Online | In-person | Hybrid | Math | Data science | Science | History | Language & literacy | World languages | Well-being | All content areas | Fee
Assessment Professional Development Workshops
Center: Challenge Success
Learn assessment strategies that support and better gauge learning in the classroom as well as start conversations about assessment practices in your faculty group.

Online | In-person | Hybrid
Evaluating Student Work from Performance Assessments to Guide NGSS Teaching and Learning
Learn how to develop and use rubrics as part of efficient, responsive, and equitable instructional practices for supporting 3D science learning.

Effective Classroom Conversations
Empowering students to have meaningful conversations is critical to personal and academic success. In this course, you’ll learn teaching methods that are effective in fostering productive and constructive academic discussions for all students.

Formative Assessment Process in Remote Learning Environments
Understanding Language at Stanford has produced guidance on using the Formative Assessment process to support language and content development as well as social emotional learning. UL created two sessions which include key concepts and practices.

Students completing performance assessment
Online | In-person | Hybrid
Developing Performance Assessments for the NGSS Classroom
Learn how to develop performance assessments to support 3D science learning.

Students completing performance assessment
Online | In-person | Hybrid
Performance Assessment in the NGSS Classroom: Implications for Practice
Learn how performance assessments can be used to support NGSS learning.

21st Century Teaching and Learning
An online course designed to help anyone teach – and learn – with a 21st century approach to knowledge and teaching. The course focuses on data science and how to interact with any content using the tools of data science in a fun, interesting way.

Preparing for National Board Certification

Teachers often state that pursuing National Board certification was their most powerful professional learning experience. It can be challenging to determine what and how best to provide evidence of your accomplished practice. The goal of this course is to support teachers pursuing certification by combining collaboration with other educators and National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and using a compilation of key resources.

How to Learn Math for Teachers

Explore the new research ideas on mathematics learning and student mindsets that can transform students' experiences with math. Whether you are a teacher preparing to implement the new State Standards, a parent wanting to give your children the best math start in life, an administrator wanting to know ways to encourage math teachers or another helper of math learners, this course will help you.

Mathematical Mindsets Online Course

This course unpacks the teaching approach that was used in an 18-lesson intervention that raised the achievement of students learning mathematics by the equivalent of 2.7 years of school. It includes over 30 videos of the teaching and interviews with students, and will be helpful for teachers and leaders of K-16 mathematics.

Interested in our resources for educators? Visit our resources page.

To explore other professional learning opportunities, or to inquire about customized learning experiences for your school or district, contact

Heidi Chang
Director of Professional Learning

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