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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

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Online | School Leaders | Fee
CSET School Leaders Program
March 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025
Center: Center to Support Excellence in Teaching
This national program is a two-year opportunity for site leaders to deepen their knowledge, skills, and impact in a community of practice where collaboration enables transformational change.

Professional learning for world languages teachers
In-person | World languages | Fee
Stanford World Language Project
October 14, 2023 - March 16, 2024
Center: Stanford World Language Project
SWLP researches best practices for the teaching of languages and cultures and translates findings into effective professional learning programs designed to deepen language educators pedagogical content knowledge in the area of World Language education.

Online | Math | Fee
Teaching Mathematics through Big Ideas in the Middle Years
March 14, 2024
Center: youcubed
Big ideas raise individual standards to a higher level so students can learn math as a meaningful subject of connected ideas. Join Jo Boaler to explore the big ideas for grades 6-8 and how to use them to teach in an engaging way that covers all standards.

Online | Well-being | All content areas | Fee
A Healthier Approach to College Admissions
March 19, 2024
Center: Challenge Success
Designed for 6-12 educators and college counselors. Participants will learn practical strategies to help reduce unnecessary pressure around the college admissions process and ways to support their student’s overall well-being and readiness.

Online | Well-being | All content areas | Fee
How to Support Well-Balanced Children
April 4, 2024
Center: Challenge Success
Join us as we discuss research-based strategies for raising and educating healthy preschoolers and early elementary-age children. We’ll explore how to encourage autonomy, cultivate resilience, and promote well-being.

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.

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.

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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.

Online | Fee
Preparing for National Board Certification
Center: Stanford National Board Resource Center

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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