Education Recommendations

ASCD The Whole Child Initiative

“Launched in 2007, ASCD's Whole Child Initiative is an effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long term development and success of children.”

The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning

"The CTTL’s mission is to create and innovate in the field of Mind, Brain and Education Science research to allow teachers to maximize their effectiveness and students to achieve their highest potential."

Colleges That Change Lives

"CTCL is dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. Namely, we work to educate families that the criteria used by most college bound students and their counselors, such as name and prestige, do not acknowledge the importance of understanding an individual student’s needs and how they 'fit' with the mission and identity of an individual college community."

Deeper Learning Hub

"The Deeper Learning Hub is a strategic response to the question: How do we achieve deeper learning outcomes in an educational system that is largely disconnected and undergoing change?"

The Education Conservancy

"The Education Conservancy helps students, colleges and high schools overcome commercial interference in college admissions. By affirming educational values, EC works to reestablish educational authority, equity and access as college admission precepts."

Mastery Transcript Consortium

"The Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) is a network of schools creating a high school transcript that reflects the unique skills, strengths, and interests of each learner."

Most Likely to Succeed

“Change in schools seems hard but it's possible - we know because we've seen schools transform. Our team of world class experts has worked with hundreds of schools - public, private, lower grades, higher grades, urban, suburban, and rural - to improve learning.”

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

"P21's mission is to serve as catalyst for 21st century learning to build collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders so that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops."

Unlocking Time

"Unlocking Time is a national project that empowers K12 school leaders to adopt new time strategies that fuel student-centered learning."

Health and Well-Being Recommendations

Adolescent Counseling Services

“Founded in 1975, Adolescent Counseling Services empowers youth in our community to find their way through social-emotional support and by building safe, accepting communities."

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is “an organization of 64,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.”

Bring Change to Mind

Bring Change to Mind is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.


“CASEL’s mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school.”

Center for Parent and Teen Communication

"The CPTC uses the best of science on youth development and parenting to support healthy family relationships and empower parents to effectively guide teens to be their best selves."

Children's Health Council

CHC is a nonprofit organization located in Palo Alto that serves children, youth and young adults and their families and caregivers in four primary focus areas; ADHD, anxiety and depression, autism spectrum disorders, and language-based learning differences.

Common Sense Media

"Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology."

David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace

"We started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching TM to adults and children in countries everywhere."

Each Mind Matters

"Each Mind Matters is California’s Mental Health Movement and was created to unite all of us who share a vision of improved mental health and equality."

Fostering Resilience

"Young people will be resilient when the important adults in their lives believe in them unconditionally and hold them to high expectations."

Greater Good Science Center

"The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society."

HEARD Alliance

"Collaborative among healthcare agencies, schools and providers in the SF Bay Area; Contains useful resources and websites on mental health."


"Free resources, designed by teens, educators, and SEL experts, empower students to work together to create more positive school climates and foster greater wellbeing in their schools and communities."

The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning

“The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning offers professional development workshops to K-12th Grade Educators and Administrators.”

Jed Foundation

"The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults."

JFCS: Parents Place

"Parents Place is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services. From everyday issues to challenges requiring specialized assessment, we help parents, caregivers and educators support children at all ages."

", a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, promotes the health and well being of children in California by providing an easy to use resource that offers high-quality, wide-ranging, local data to those who work on behalf of children."

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

"NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness."

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)

"Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit developing 'Better Athletes, Better People' by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience."

Project Happiness

“Project Happiness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people with the resources to create greater happiness within themselves and the world.”

The Resilience Project

“The Resilience Project posits that rejection, failure, or disappointment, in the context of learning, are as valuable as the success we strive for.”

RULER: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

"RULER is an evidence-based approach for integrating social and emotional learning into schools, developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence."

Set To Go

"Set to Go is a program from The Jed Foundation (JED) to help high school students prepare for the transition to college and to life after high school."

Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

"The Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing recognizes that we are in the midst of a national public health crisis among US youth and is committed to spearheading a new national vision for adolescent and young adult wellness and mental health support."

We’re Talking Teen Health

"'We're Talking!' was developed by the Adolescent Interest Group (AIG) of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). It provides comprehensive health information and answers to specific questions for Bay Area teens, and serves as a resource for parents who want help in talking with their teens about sensitive issues."

We’re Talking, Too: Preteen Health

"We’re Talking, Too: Preteen Health from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation provides developmentally appropriate and medically accurate health information for preteens ages 9 - 12 and their families."