Applications for teachers of Kindergarten through 8th grade to apply in both the United States and Canada for the 2013-2014 school year are open through APRIL 28, 2013.
In the U.S. preference is given to teachers who teach at schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced price lunch. In Canada preference will be given to teachers who teach at schools with a student population that would be considered lower income, lower access or at-risk.
What a Classroom Champions teacher and their students receive
1. An Olympian, Paralympian or Olympic Hopeful Athlete Mentor assigned to your classroom from September 2013 to May 2014.
2. Communications technology that may include:
- HD video camera
- Tablet computer
- Laptop computer
- Web cam
3. Full access to the Classroom Champions private teacher and athlete website
4. Guidance on lesson ideas for each Classroom Champions subject
5. Support from Classroom Champions to ensure the best experience possible for your students!
What it means to be a Classroom Champions teacher
Classroom Champions pairs students in underserved schools with Athlete Mentors training for the United States Olympic and Paralympic teams. Using advanced technology (e.g., video messages and live video chats), Athlete Mentors communicate with students throughout the school year as they train and compete across the world. Participating teachers receive support for incorporating Classroom Champions into their existing curricula, thereby enhancing classroom activities rather than taking time away from instruction. For example, students engage in letter writing, read articles written about their Athlete Mentor, complete math problems related to their Athlete Mentor's sport, and learn about the countries in which he or she competes during the year. By having the opportunity to make exciting connections to their Athlete Mentor, teachers are able to motivate their students to be deeply engaged in their schoolwork.
Students who participate in Classroom Champions become more goal-oriented and experience higher levels of self-efficacy by learning about how to accomplish their goals. One teacher shared the following with us: “You encouraged these kids to believe in themselves and to have the confidence and self-discipline to reach for their goals no matter what the circumstances—to not wait for things to happen, but to get up, get focused, and always strive to improve themselves.” We hope you’ll feel that providing this to your future students is worthwhile and that you’ll be excited to apply to Classroom Champions.