Director, Character Education
Yael Kidron is the director of Character Education, a program which provides workshops, summer institutes, resource guides, and lesson plans for formal and nonformal education settings. Kidron oversees the development of resources for educators, administrators, and parents interested in fostering the social skills, values, and well-being of young people from early childhood through emerging adulthood.
Kidron specializes in character education, social and emotional learning, child and adolescent development, and systemic efforts to promote supportive learning environments. Before coming to Santa Clara University, she was a principal researcher at American Institutes for Research, where she developed website content, conducted workshops and presentations, and provided technical assistance to school districts. Kidron coordinated the Character Education Topic Review for the What Works Clearinghouse, an initiative of the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. She has also served as a project director and principal investigator on projects for the US Department of Education, as well as states, districts, and private foundations.
Kidron has authored and coauthored numerous reports, articles, and chapters in books about social and emotional learning, character education, and school climate. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at Stanford University. She holds a doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Haifa, Israel.