2015 has been another banner year for Challenge Success! From our hands-on work with schools and families, to the research we conduct on their progress, we know that real and sustainable change is possible.
Schools can take action to reduce stress for students — and faculty — while still maintaining rigor and high standards. Parents can ensure healthier habits for kids while preserving important playtime, downtime, and family time. Our new By The Numbers page, in this Annual Report, incorporates the results of our three-year evaluation to show the impact of our work.
One of the highlights of the year was the publication of our first book, Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids. It incorporates many of the best practices we have observed and presents straightforward steps that every school can take to move towards a more engaging learning experience for all students. Thousands of copies have already been sold, and we have heard from schools all over the country that have utilized the tools and activities in our book. These schools are initiating important dialogue and community conversations by employing professional development for new curricula, bell schedules, and assessment policies, and implementing thoughtful, consistent parent education. We know that sustainable policy changes are more likely to happen when all stakeholders — students, parents, and educators — work together to implement changes that align with best practices.
2016 promises to be another exciting year! We are pleased to launch more online workshops for parents and educators so that we can reach an ever-growing audience. The generosity and commitment of our donors, advisors, staff, and volunteers allows us to continue our work, and we are grateful for your support. We simply can’t succeed without your help, and we can’t thank you enough for all that you do for Challenge Success. Together we can work towards a brighter future in which no child is overloaded, underprepared, or undervalued.
Maureen Brown Charlene Margot
Executive Director Chairperson, Board of Directors