Special Fundraiser Event

Thank you to everyone who attended this event.

You’ll receive an email with a link to the recording on Friday, April 30th.

Join us for a lively discussion as NBC News anchor Kate Snow and Challenge Success share personal insights, reflections, and ideas for moving forward into the new school year based on the findings from our joint research study on student well-being and engagement with learning during the pandemic.

Download Kids Under Pressure, the groundbreaking study from Challenge Success and NBC News.

$50/ticket, proceeds to benefit Challenge Success*

A recording of the event will be available to registrants until May 21, 2021.


Kate Snow is the anchor of “NBC Nightly News” Sunday and an award-winning Senior National Correspondent for NBC News. Her reporting appears across all platforms of NBC News and MSNBC. She currently contributes regularly to “Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “TODAY,” and “Dateline NBC.” She also hosts NBC News’ “The Drink,” an online series where she speaks with innovators and influencers and dives into their success stories. Snow is perhaps best known for insightful stories that make an impact, including her reporting on mental health, which she was recently honored for by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Denise Pope, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder of Challenge Success and a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA as well as college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She is the author of Doing School, which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, and co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared. Dr. Pope co-hosts the podcast “School’s In” on Sirius XM radio.

Sarah Miles, Ph.D., M.S.W. is the Director of Research and Programs for Challenge Success. She leads research efforts on how schools and classrooms can best support student learning, belonging, and engagement. She has served as a program facilitator and coach for  Challenge Success member schools, translating research into practice. She previously taught fifth grade in Oakland, CA and worked as a clinical social worker in the Boston area. She is the co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared.

Annalise is an 11th-grade student at a public school in the Northeast.

Darin is a 12th-grade student at an independent school in the Midwest.


*Challenge Success is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID# is 45-3767621.
Please note that while we are affiliated with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, we receive no direct funding from Stanford and the education reform efforts that we promote are often overlooked by common funding mechanisms such as foundation grants. Nearly 50% of our operating budget is met through individual donations, and as such, we are extremely grateful for this support.