Research shows that pursuing a narrow definition of success often leaves young people lacking the skills they need most to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our work encourages educators to create policies and practices that foster interpersonal and collaborative skills, adaptability and resilience, and the critical thinking and creativity needed to solve complex problems. If your school wants practical, research-based solutions to improve student health and increase motivation and learning, we are here to help.
Since 2003, Challenge Success has partnered with over 150 middle and high schools to implement policies and practices that increase academic engagement and well-being for their students. Our schools send teams of educators, parents, and students to our annual fall conference at Stanford University where they hear the latest research on best practices in education and learn from each other how to create effective school reform. Throughout the school year, each team works with a Challenge Success coach to design and implement positive changes in areas such as curriculum and assessment, homework policies, the daily school schedule, and health and wellness programs. Each school is unique, so each team designs an individualized plan for change. Teams reconvene at a follow-up conference in the spring to problem-solve and share success stories. Many schools also opt to administer the Challenge Success Student Survey and use the data to make policy decisions and benchmark progress over time. After the first year of the partnership, schools often return to our conferences to receive further guidance and support and to plan for future reform efforts.
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