Teacher & Partner Resources

Teachers play a vital role in getting students on track for college. Check out the resources below to learn about all the tools available.


The ABCs of School-Based Mentoring provides a set of research based tools and ideas that practioners can use to build quality mentoring programs.

A mentor is a caring and committed older individual in a young person’s life. This Toolkit is for individuals who want to be mentors. It provides mentoring activities, online training, and support.

College Match and Fit

In Search of a Match: A Guide for Helping Students Make Informed College Choices is designed for counselors, teachers, and advisers who work with high school students from low-income families and students who are the first in their families to pursue a college education. It offers strategies for helping these students identify, consider, and enroll in “match” colleges — that is, selective colleges that are a good fit for students based on their academic profiles, financial considerations, and personal needs.

College Counseling and Advising

Degrees of Hope: Redefining Access for 21st Century Students depicts the lives of five college students – a first-generation student, a community college transfer student, a veteran, an online learner, and an adult learner – and the barriers they faced accessing higher education. (Full film)College Visits

Growth Mindset

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed New research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential and shift the ways students think about their education, so as to motivate them to work hard.

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn   A purposeful mindset motivates students to persist when they encounter challenges, difficulty or things that could potentially be roadblocks to learning.Researchers at Sanford designed an intervention that subtly guides students to connect their academic efforts with pro-social long-term goals, to see whether it might help inspire them to plow through assignments that are “boring but important.”

For the past decade, researchers have accumulated a growing pile of evidence on the effectiveness of “growth mindset” interventions that teach students that intelligence is like a muscle that strengthens with effort rather than an eye color that you inherit at birth.

PERTS (Project for Education Research That Scales) is an applied research center at Stanford University that partners with GU4LA to improve student motivation and achievement on a large scale. In the process, we conduct research that enables us to improve our programs and to expand what is known about academic motivation. The Mindset Kit is a free, online resource designed to help educators and parents learn about adaptive academic mindsets, learn practices that promote these mindsets, and download activity ideas.

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn,” by Ingfei Chen (KQED MindShift)

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed,” by Ingfei Chen (KQED MindShift)