Programs for K-12 Teachers
The Stanford Visitor Center offers a range of no-cost tours, exploring the highlights of Stanford’s beautiful campus.
Chemistry Experiences and Experiments for Learning (ChemEx2) supports student-centered chemistry instruction that uses hands-on experiences to promote curiosity and the ability to make evidence-based claims. In ChemEx2, teachers are introduced to multi-faceted chemical phenomena and empowered to create targeted learning experiences that are adapted to their students. We seek to build a community of reflective practitioners who transform the way chemistry is experienced by students.
The Center for Supporting Excellence in Teaching (CSET) offers short courses focused on the development of effective instructional practices for a variety of content areas and grade levels. Dates and topics vary but many courses are focused on STEM. See especially their Content Deepening Courses and Professional Learning Design Labs.
The Stanford School of Design (d.School) K12 Lab Network offers various workshops for K-12 teachers and administrators, including Discover Design Thinking and Project Wayfinder Educator Training.
The Collaborative Haptics & Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab offers field trips and demos/presentations about haptics (i.e., the sense of touch) in local K-12 classrooms and on campus. The CHARM Lab creates robots and human-computer interfaces that use haptics in order to improve human health, safety, and quality of life. The word haptics refers to the sense of touch. There is no cost but the schedule fills up quickly.
Stanford has developed an innovative approach to teaching introductory logic. Based on "Herbrand" semantics, Intrologic is a curriculum that can be taught as a stand-alone course or embedded in a course suitable for grades 9-12. The course addresses data and analysis & algorithms and programming concepts in the CSTA Teaching Framework. This curriculum has been approved for "g' credit in California Schools. Scholarships are available. For more information, see intrologic.stanford.edu .
MRS Outreach Ambassadors are graduate students in the Stanford Chapter of the Materials Research Society who offer in-class demonstrations and lectures on the materials of our world, materials of the future, and careers in science and engineering. Teachers may request a school visit at no charge.
Project Motivation, affectionately known as ProMo, is a student group dedicated to promoting higher education to minority youths through on-campus visits and tours. Project Motivation helps K-12 students tour part of campus, see a dorm room, hear college stories from undergraduates and get the scoop about college life. There is no charge for these visits.
Stanford Science Penpals connects 6th-12th graders across the U.S. to Stanford scientists. The goal is to expose kids to diverse scientific careers, answer science questions, and share a love of science! Penpal exchanges start in September and end in June. We encourage students to get in touch with us.
The Stanford Youth Diabetes Coaches Program (SYDCP) is a validated “train the trainer program” in which health care professionals and trainees teach healthy high school students (grades 9-12) from underserved schools to coach family members with chronic health conditions. High schools, often through their CTE coordinators, host the program in collaboration with health care training programs such as family medicine residency programs located in their communities. The program takes place once a week for an hour, over a period of 8 weeks. The curriculum is based on Kate Lorig’s Adult Chronic Disease Self-Management Model, Social Cognitive Theory, and peer health coaching, and is designed to address the burden of chronic disease in underserved communities by focusing on health knowledge, communication skills, goal setting, problem solving, and healthy behaviors. The SYDCP has been implemented widely over the past twelve years as an in-person program in 12 US states and in Canada. The SYDCP was recently adapted for remote implementation(via Zoom) during the pandemic and implemented successfully as a remote outreach program. The program's positive impact has been documented in a number of peer-reviewed publications.