The benefits for school leaders

School leaders can use the Engagement Project to build a culture of evidence-based improvement—and to see measurable improvements in the quality and equity of the classroom climate at their school.

In the Engagement Project, teachers complete three or more cycles of inquiry and action. In each cycle, teachers use a brief survey to understand the quality and equity of their classroom climate. Then they learn and implement evidence-based strategies to improve their classroom climate. These steps are repeated to make iterative improvements.

The Engagement Project allows school leaders to:

  • Provide their faculty with access to an ongoing, structured, and professional learning experience that is both data-driven and concretely linked to practice
  • Create a safe environment for professional learning so that faculty can reflect on opportunities for improvement and collaborate with colleagues to enhance their practice
  • See an overview of team activities so they know teachers are engaging in the process

The Engagement Project survey tool allows teachers to:

  • Use brief surveys to collect confidential feedback from their students about the engagement climate in each class
  • Gain access to an online library of evidence-based strategies developed by educators for addressing specific motivation challenges
  • Receive reports showing change over time so that they know if new strategies they try are having an impact
  • Work collaboratively with their colleagues to boost learning by leveraging their collective wisdom

How does it work?

3+ Cycles of Inquiry and Action

Each cycle involves:

  • A 10-minute student survey (with setup)
  • A 45-minute collaborative meeting
  • 30 minutes of individual learning and reflection
diagram of the Engagement Project process

To learn more about the program details, see the Frequently Asked Questions.

What do the surveys measure?

Students regularly complete surveys—and teachers quickly receive reports—that provide insight into how students perceive three learning conditions that foster engagement.

teacher showing caring for students
Teacher Caring (3 questions)
“I feel like my teacher cares what I think.”
teacher giving feedback to a student
Feedback for Growth (3 questions)
“This week, I got specific suggestions about how to improve my skills.”
student experiencing motivatino while reading
Meaningful Work (3 questions)
“This week in class, I learned skills that matter for my life.”
Example chart from a teacher report
two line charts showing improvements over time

Read more about these essential learning conditions at

What is the time commitment?


School Leader Time Commitment

1-3 hours total over the course of a semester, depending on how much support their teachers require.

Teacher Time Commitment

40 minutes of class time
10 minutes of introduction
3 cycles × 10 minute surveys = 30 minutes of class time

3 hours of staff meeting time
45-minute Launch Meeting
3 cycles × 45 minute Cycle Meetings

3 hours of individual learning and reflection
45 minutes of initial preparation
3 cycles × 45 minutes of individual learning and reflection

What is the cost?

Use of the Engagement Project software is free thanks to generous sponsorship from the Raikes Foundation and Overdeck Foundation. However, you can contact us if you’re interested in premium training, support, or analyses.

Who can participate?

Eligible Grades: 6th - 12th grade

Eligible Subjects: Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Languages

Eligible Locations: Schools in the United States

How can I get involved?

School leaders can play two important roles in the Engagement Project:

  • Project Sponsor - Support teachers’ full participation by allocating professional development time—or removing other responsibilities—so that teachers can successfully participate in Engagement Project.
  • Team Member - An administrator can lead one or more teams of teachers as they implement the Engagement Project.

If an administrator wants to supervise multiple teams of teachers, you can use the “community” feature. Contact for support in setting this up.

Teacher Stories

Learn how teachers across the country have used the Engagement Project to create more engaging, supportive, and meaningful classrooms for all of their students.

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The Engagement Project was developed by the Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS), an applied research center at Stanford University. PERTS helps educators apply insights from the learning and developmental sciences so that every learner gets the support and stimulation they need to thrive.

PERTS works with developmental scientists and educators across the nation to build tools and services that help schools foster student engagement and success. Through our work with schools, teachers, and other educational organizations, millions of students around the world have benefited from evidence-based practices.

Key Advisors

Susan Colby, Founder & CEO, Imagine Worldwide

Carol Dweck, Professor, Stanford University

Camille Farrington, Managing Director, UChicago Consortium for School Research

Becky Margiotta, Principal, Billions Institute

Jason Okonofua, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

Greg Walton, Associate Professor, Stanford University

Key Funders

The Raikes Foundation

The Overdeck Family Foundation