Professional Development

Challenge Success offers high-quality professional development workshops tailored specifically for elementary, middle, and high schools. Our interactive workshops are designed for educators who are interested in learning practical tools for improving student well-being and engagement with learning. 

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Workshop Topics


Length: 90 min   •   Format: Live (K-12) or video (6-12)   •   Audience: K-12 educators

In a high-stakes, high-pressure culture, parent and school expectations may have unintentional but damaging effects on students. Increasing demands on students may lead to unhealthy stress, resulting in burnout, disengagement, or debilitating physical and mental health symptoms. This workshop examines the tension that parents, students, and teachers often experience over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition, and offers tools for creating a healthier school climate. This presentation is also available for your parent community.


Length: 90 min   •   Format: Live (K-12) or video (6-8 or 9-12)   •   Audience: K-12 educators

Homework is a hot topic today for educators, parents, and students. Teachers struggle to meet standards and prepare students for tests without assigning unreasonable amounts of homework. This workshop examines critical questions for educators to consider: What is the purpose of homework? How much homework is appropriate? In this workshop, you’ll learn the latest research on homework and will discuss best practices in creating effective homework assignments. This presentation is also available for your parent community.


Length: 90 min   •   Format: Live only   •   Audience: K-12 educators 

We know that kids learn better and retain more information when they are genuinely engaged in classroom lessons. This workshop uses a “backwards design” model to help teachers plan engaging units and effective assessment techniques that bring learning to life for students. You’ll learn a process to develop engaging units and assessment tools that meet state standards.


Length: 90 min   •   Format: Live only   •   Audience: K-12 educators 

How do you know when your students truly understand the material you are teaching? How do you encourage more authentic learning experiences while minimizing grade-grubbing and cheating? This interactive workshop reviews the “backwards design” process and focuses on multiple assessment strategies to help teachers more effectively determine what their students are learning.

Presentation Format

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Bring a member of the Challenge Success team to your community to facilitate a live workshop. Additional fees for travel and accommodations may apply to events held 30 miles or farther from Stanford University. Contact us for pricing. 


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When we can’t travel to a community, we offer interactive video workshops, designed for groups of educators to view together. We currently offer the Well-Balanced Student and Making Homework Work presentations as video events. Contact us for pricing. 


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