Excellence in Teaching
Research shows having a great teacher three years in a row can significantly narrow the achievement gap. Stanford’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET), launched in 2008, is at the forefront of a national movement to scale up quality teaching. The center investigates institutional practices with proven impact and spreads them through innovative programs. One example is CSET’s relationship with Balboa High School in the San Francisco Unified School District. Teachers and leaders there joined 265 others from seven states for the 2011 Stanford Summer Teaching Institute—the third year they’ve participated.
Making Teaching Affordable
Even as a Stanford freshman, Efundunke Hughes, ’05, MA ’06, wanted to be a teacher. But like other aspiring educators, the prospect of repaying student loans on a teacher’s salary was discouraging. The new Avery Loan Forgiveness Program at Stanford’s School of Education eases that burden for graduates of the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP)—one of the most respected teacher training programs in the country—who go on to teach in a public school or a private school in an underserved community.
In many parts of the world, social and cultural barriers prevent HIV/AIDS education from reaching those who need it most. As a Stanford graduate student, Piya Sorcar, MA ’06, PhD ’09, consulted the university’s medical and education experts to create culturally sensitive materials. The result: interactive software that is carefully tailored to each of the 70 countries in which it is now used—including regions where other HIV-related materials had been forbidden. Piya founded the nonprofit TeachAIDS to deliver these lifesaving materials for free to educators, governments, and NGOs.
Blending Business and Education
“I came to Stanford because I wanted to be a leader in public education,” says Rich Davies, MBA/MA ’11, who enrolled in a joint degree program at the School of Education and Graduate School of Business. A trip to India gave him a firsthand look at health care in poor communities, an experience he says provided “profound learnings I know I will be able to apply in my career as an education leader.” The number of joint degrees offered by Stanford’s seven schools grew dramatically during The Stanford Challenge.
Schooling Principals to Lead
K–12 reform needs bold leaders. In 2008, Stanford launched the yearlong Principal Fellows Program to help early-career principals gain the skill and vision to manage change, create cultures of high performance, and build schools where all children can thrive. “I know I will look back on the program as a turning point in my growth as a principal and school leader,” says Amy Furtado of the San Leandro Unified School District. The program draws on the resources of the Graduate School of Business (for management and leadership) and the d.school (for innovation and design).
- Excellence in TeachingCSET is at the forefront of a national movement to scale up quality teaching.
- Evidence for EducationCEPA provides empirical evidence for what works, what doesn’t, and why.
- Making Teaching AffordableA loan forgiveness program eases the burden for some graduate students.
- HIV/AIDS EducationA graduate student develops lifesaving education materials for those who need them most.
- Blending Business and EducationThe number of students pursuing joint degrees has grown dramatically.
- Schooling Principals to LeadA yearlong program helps early-career principals build schools where all children can thrive.
ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
The Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, directed by Pam Grossman, the Nomellini Olivier Professor of Education, focuses squarely on the quality of teaching in our nation’s schools by pinpointing teaching methods that have the greatest impact on student outcomes and offering innovative professional development.