Celebrating and Developing Inspirational Educators

Explore free professional development courses and webinars from Sanford Inspire.

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What is Sanford Inspire?

Sanford Inspire celebrates and develops inspirational educators through free on-demand courses and resources designed to support social emotional learning and inspirational instruction in the PK-12 classroom and at our partner universities.

Free Professional Development for Educators

Sanford Inspire offers more than 70 free, on-demand courses to support educator professional development.

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Personalized professional development

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30- and 60-minute courses

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Course assessments and certificates

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Coach and facilitator guides

Pre-K-12 and university implementation models

Mobile-friendly for course access anywhere

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Brand-New Online Learning Portal

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Brand-New Online Learning Portal

Our Online Learning Portal gives you access to our free, easy-to-navigate, on-demand courses and connects you with educators around the country.

  • Access our professional development courses anytime and anywhere using your desktop or mobile device.
  • Our new community forum is designed to exchange inspirational teaching strategies and practices with your peers.
  • Single sign-on provides instant access to additional social emotional resources through Sanford Harmony.
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Check Out Our Webinars

Join us for social emotional learning-focused and other engaging professional development webinars hosted by experts in the education field from around the country. Register for our upcoming webinars today, or view our past webinars!

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Sanford Teacher Award

Do you know a teacher who deserves $50,000? We want to recognize 51 of the nation’s top inspiring teachers by awarding $10,000 to 51 finalists and a $50,000 total award to one grand prize winner. Nominate an inspirational teacher today!

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Our Mission

Each child deserves an inspiring teacher. The mission of Sanford Inspire is to empower educators with research-based knowledge and classroom-tested tools and practices so they can inspire students to achieve academic and social success. We partner with teacher preparation organizations and PK-12 school districts to strengthen our vision of providing an inspirational teacher in every classroom.

Our Generous Donor

Sanford Inspire is made possible due to generous funding from the Denny Sanford Foundation. Entrepreneur and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is a devoted advocate for programs that enhance the well-being of children. Mr. Sanford knows firsthand the powerful and lasting impact of inspirational teachers. Mr. Sanford’s investment supports the continued development of innovative resources that are improving outcomes for children.

T. Denny Sanford

“I can think of no better return on investment than inspiring students to embrace learning and find their path in life. Working together through Inspire, we will foster the kind of teaching and learning that changes the lives for children in positive ways and transforms our communities.”

T. Denny Sanford
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

T. Denny Sanford