The Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) at Stanford University presents:

Rural Student Success:

Using Data to Boost Outcomes

*This learning opportunity is part of a research study, however participation in the research component is optional.


CEUs Available ($75/person)

Application Deadline:

December 13, 2023
11:59 PM Pacific

Course Begins:

January 2024

Blended Professional Learning Experience for Rural School/District Teams
  • Rural school/district teams may be a combination of teachers, guidance counselors, parents, and other school personnel or stakeholders. We require at least one school/district administrator per team. Team size may range from three to six members.
  • School/district teams commit to two years in the program, during which they will investigate their data, design an intervention, implement it, and analyze its results.
Your Data, Your Questions, Our Support
  • Your work in this course will focus on digging into your own data, identifying opportunities for growth, and designing ways to lead improvements in one such identified area. This effort will be supported with exploration of examples and research about rural schools across the country.
  • We encourage school/district teams to be open to exploring your data and letting the data guide you focal area of inquiry. You will not be well served by the program if you have a single focus preselected.
Course Structure & Components
  • The course is divided into three major sections, all components of the cycle of inquiry.
    • Section I – Selecting Your Focal Area of Inquiry
    • Section II – Using Data to Design and Enact Your Intervention
    • Section III – Analyzing Intervention Results and Planning to Iterate
  • Course is structured into monthly modules, which have both individual and team components. Teams should plan to meet at least once per month in person or virtually.
  • Synchronous Zoom sessions with the CSET program instructors are interspersed throughout course and include individual team coaching sessions as well as collaborative sessions with participating school teams.
  • Course texts will be mailed to participating teams at the start of the course.

Ready to Apply?

Deadline: December 13, 2023 | 11:59 PM PDT

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you define “rural” ?

Great question! We’ll talk about this in the course. For the purpose of eligibility, if you believe that rural issues are relevant to your school/district and local setting, then your team is welcome to apply.

Is this really free ?

Yes! Due to generous funding from the BelleJAR Foundation and the fact that this is a pilot program, there is no charge for tuition and materials for schools/districts in the initial cohorts of Rural Student Success.​

Are there tips for assembling a team ?

While we caution you against entering into the program with a predetermined focus​ , it is a good idea to think about a few possibilities and form a team which is well-positioned to lead change in such areas.

Have additional questions before applying?

Contact Us!

Email us at cs**********@st******.edu.

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