The benefits for teachers

The Engagement Project is designed to help teachers create a more engaging and more equitable classroom climate. The process consists of multiple cycles of inquiry and action.

Teachers use brief students surveys to develop insights into the quality and equity of students’ learning experiences. Teachers receive customized reports that recommend evidence-based strategies relevant to their students. These steps are repeated to improve classroom climate and motivation.

The Engagement Project allows teachers to:

  • Use brief surveys to collect data on their students’ experience in class
  • Gain access to an online library of evidence-based strategies developed by educators for boosting engagement and motivation
  • Receive reports showing change over time so that they can see 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?


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 reporting.

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?

The Engagement Project is more effective and fulfilling when it’s collaborative. Ideally, teachers work on an “engagement team” of 3-8 teachers. Teachers can play one of two roles on an engagement team:

  • Team Captain - The team captain creates a new team and invites their colleagues to join them. The captain acts as the main organizer for the team. If you’re going to participate by yourself, you’re going to be the team captain by default.
  • Team Member - Team members join a team after receiving an invitation from a team captain. They fully participate in all of the activities, but they do not have the same administrative responsibilities as the team captain. Lucky them!

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.

Read Teacher Stories

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We can keep you posted with Engagement Project updates and registration deadlines for participating in Fall 2019.

If you’d like to learn more about participating in the Engagement Project, we encourage you to read the FAQ or use the form below to ask a question or set up an informational call.

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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