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Sanford Inspire Fall Newsletter

News   |   October 10, 2019

Sanford Inspire Fall Newsletter

Sanford Inspire Welcomes University of Texas at Austin and Kennesaw State University to our Sanford Education Collaborative!

The University of Texas at Austin logo

The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education is transforming lives for the benefit of society. This research-based program to train educators and health practitioners was founded in 1891 as the School of Pedagogy. The College of Education has a rich history as a leader in education. UT Austin prides itself on the rich partnerships with leading research centers and community practitioners to best prepare students for successful careers in education.

As part of the Sanford Education Collaborative, they aim to serve pre-service teachers and develop a Sanford Inspire resource for induction programs.


Kennesaw State University logo


Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is a fast-growing, predominantly undergraduate (80%), comprehensive public institution. It is located in the suburban/exurban “Northern Arc” of greater Atlanta, GA. A leader in innovative teaching and learning, KSU is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students.

By joining the Sanford Education Collaborative, they plan to address the professional development needs of paraprofessionals within special education programs and English learner classrooms. Using Project STEPP (SPED and TESOL Educational Paraprofessional Pathway), they seek to dismantle educational barriers of historically underserved students and develop a teacher workforce to support the growing diversity in Georgia’s Pre-K-12 schools.


Sanford Inspire and Sanford Harmony sponsor AACTE Leadership Week

In June, Sanford Inspire and Sanford Harmony had the great opportunity to network with new deans, department chairs, and other academic administrators across the country during the AACTE Leadership Academy in sunny Pittsburgh. Attendees learned about how Sanford Inspire partners with universities to support professional development available at no cost for pre-service and in-service teachers. They also learned how Sanford Harmony, our social emotional learning program, helps students feel empowered to communicate, cooperate, connect, embrace diversity, and resolve conflict day to day. If you know a university that could benefit from these amazing programs, please contact Veronica Calvo at vcalvo@nu.edu. #AACTELA19


Our Refreshed Online Portal Launches on October 15th!

We are excited to share that our Sanford Inspire website will have a new, fresh look in the fall. A new portal for Sanford Programs is being developed that will provide a more streamlined approach to offering our high quality modules and educational resources, available at no cost.

In the new format, there will be a new search feature and two pathways identified to better meet the needs of educators today: Building Teaching Practices and Developing SEL Capacity.

Our Building Teaching Practices pathway will share our current modules that present strategies to promote successful classroom management and inspirational instruction.

Our Developing SEL Capacity pathway will share our current modules aligned with social emotional learning practices, increasingly seen as integral in the classroom and the 21st century workforce.

In the new portal, 73 of the current 82 modules will be available in the new design. Nine of the modules will be on hold while we review for new updated content. Please see our FAQ for a list of the nine modules that will be on hold.


Complete Your Existing Modules by October 10

While the Sanford Inspire Professional Learning Library will continue to offer the same high-quality content, there are some recommended next steps:

1. To ensure your user experience is not disrupted, all users will need to complete any modules they have started – but not yet completed – by October 10.

2. It is also recommended that users keep a copy of the modules they have completed and download any certificates of completion not yet printed. While we plan to transfer all records to the new portal, as you know, there can be glitches in any data transfer.

Thank you for taking these steps as you prepare for our new inspirational online portal experience!

Sanford Inspire and Sanford Harmony Fall Webinar Updates

Register for our free upcoming dynamic webinars for educators! If you are not able to participate live, you will receive a link to the recording and the slides after the webinar.

Please encourage your colleagues to register too!


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Sanford Teacher Award 2019-20 Nominations Now Open!

Do you know a teacher who deserves $50,000?

Sanford Programs wants to recognize and reward 51 of the nation’s top inspiring teachers – one from each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. The Sanford Teacher Award includes $10,000 for the 51 finalists and one grand prize finalist will be awarded a total of $50,000! These are individual prizes awarded directly to the inspirational teachers!

You can nominate any licensed/credentialed teacher who currently teaches in a PK-12 school (public, private, or charter) and has a minimum of 3 years’ teaching experience. We are looking for teachers who incorporate the Inspirational Instruction Indicators in their teaching.

How do I nominate a teacher?

Nominate Here!


After you set up a free account, you will receive a link to nominate the teacher. Teachers can also self-nominate. Only one nomination per teacher will be counted. All PK-12 nominees who have a current credential/license and have taught for a minimum of 3 years will receive a follow up email. The nominee will then be invited to create a free account to complete the application process. Good luck, nominees!

The Deadline for All Sanford Teacher Award Nominations is November 20, 2019!

Thank you for nominating the most inspiring teachers around the nation!


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