Classroom Champions is a year-long in-classroom, scaled mentorship program that partners world-class athletes with teachers in underserved schools to engage students in grades K - 8 in a safe and enriched learning environment.
Our holistic program is designed to help kids develop the critical social and emotional skills needed for success both in, and out, of the classroom while supporting teachers and engaging families.
94% of teachers reported
that classroom champions
improved student grades
85% of teachers reported
that the program made them a “better teacher”
100% of teachers reported that
Classroom Champions improved students resilience in the face of obstacles
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Dreaming big and preparing for a successful future are the corner stones of Classroom Champions. We believe in Growth Mindset: with time and effort, anyone can make progress.
Goal setting fills students with optimism, motivation and excitement. Our lessons encourage students to think about their future, imagine what is possible and what they want to achieve, and outline a plan to help them get there.
Classroom Champions students are at the perfect age to learn to appreciate the individual traits that make each of us unique, including understanding and being accepting of others who are different than themselves.
Diversity is a key component of Anti-Bias Education, a forerunner of modern social-emotional learning.
Communities create a sense of belonging, bring people together, act as a support system that helps us to overcome difficulties and adversity, and fosters relationships that will shape who we become. We encourage and teach our students to be positive and helpful to others in both small and large ways.
Youth civic engagement leads to reduced risky behavior, increased success in school, and greater civic participation later in life.
Kids know all about perseverance, even if they don’t know the word is a big word. Success means learning to work hard and stay focused on goals even when the going gets tough or seems impossible.
The ability to stick with something hard is a greater predictor of success than socio-economic status, gender, race, or grades.
Our athlete mentors share their own journeys, including all the obstacles and challenges they have personally faced, and demonstrate in a very real way what perseverance looks like and how it pays off.
Celebrate the Games
This year is special! Our students will be sharing the journey to, and celebration of, Pyeongchang
2018 Olympic Winter Games with their athlete mentors!
As Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games said, “Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example, and respect for universal fundamental ethical practices.”
Learning to work well with others as part of a team is an essential life skill that is not just for athletes. The bond that comes from teamwork promotes strength, unity, reliability and support.
Teamwork comes easier for some than for others, but it’s a skill that can be learned and developed. In a 2015 survey, 60% of first-year college students said they wished they had better preparation in social and emotional skills, like teamwork.
Courage is often identified as a foundational
Courage is what it takes to believe in yourself and dare to dream big dreams. It’s something that helps us push through fear, self-doubt or anxiety and helps us move forward. Teaching students to be courageous starts with strength, confidence, and knowing that there are people who believe in you.
Poor decisions around health puts educational success and obtainment at risk.
To perform at their best, athletes take their physical and mental health very seriously. They pay careful attention to what they eat in order to properly fuel their body to perform optimally and make sure to get enough sleep to restore their body and mind.
The same rules apply to kids! Being active, eating well, and making other responsible and healthy choices makes it easier for them to pay attention, learn, get along with others, and achieve their full potential.
Full Lesson K - 2 3 - 5 6 - 8
We Are Champions
We wrap up the school year by revisiting the goals students made at the beginning of the program. It's a good time for students to assess their progress, discuss any failures, revisit or refine those original goals, and then define what success and being a champion looks like for them.