How can thoughtfully structured curriculum, focused on social-emotional learning and supplemented by the greatest athletes in the world, build soft skills in students to help them to be more resilient humans?
Only 4% of teachers in the United States are using social and emotional learning — the idea that kids and teachers will have a greater availability to learn (and teach) if their self management and social skills are fully developed. The philosophy is about developing and caring for the whole child, not just focusing on particular test scores and classroom obedience. And it’s incredibly effective, but underutilized.
Classroom Champions is a mentorship program that pairs K-8 classes with athletes to help kids shine in and out of school. Each athlete is trained to help mentor students and inspire them to develop skills like goal-setting, perseverance, teamwork, decision making, belonging and giving back to the community. Think of it as a 21st-century pen-pal program, in schools and made possible through technology. The relationship developed helps students become better students and more resilient humans overall.
Austin showed up. With more than 75 participants and four agency partners, Classroom Champions' founder, Steve Mesler. A three-time American Olympian, Steve led his team to gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 4-man bobsled. A lucky few even got to lug around his gigantic gold medal for awhile.
Titles didn't exist. It was good work in an environment where we all felt like we knew each other — even though it was only a weekend.”
Pedro Peguero Jr. (Participant)
With six (or so) distinct creative teams, there's always a million things happening simultaneously. Over 72 hours, teams are constantly communicating in order to ensure that decisions are strategically tight and collectively championed.