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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.


Personalized professional development


30- and 60-minute courses


Course assessments and certificates


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 boys and girls 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 Founding

Renowned philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is the visionary of education-focused, research-based programs that are being expanded nationally through the National University System, including Sanford Inspire. Mr. Sanford knows firsthand the powerful and lasting impact of inspirational teachers. His investment supports the continued development of innovative resources that help boys and girls develop healthy relationships into their adult lives and reduce divorce rates through the acquisition of universally beneficial skills in intergender communication, cooperation, collaboration, and inclusion that support student achievement and success.

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