SAN FRANCISCO, CA | CALGARY, AB – Classroom Champions is pleased to welcome renowned education leader Adam Welcome as the new Director of Education Partnerships for the U.S. and Canada. Classroom Champions is a one-to-many, Scaled Mentorship™ non-profit organization that works with teachers and school administrations to position elite athletes as role-models in K-8 classrooms while supporting social-emotional and academic outcomes. Welcome will foster relationships between Classroom Champions, schools, and school districts and be responsible for the overall educational strategy of the organization.
As a former teacher, elementary school principal, district leader, and author, Welcome has spent decades making classrooms, schools and entire districts better by promoting innovative education strategies. His debut novel, Kids Deserve It!: Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking has been praised as a “must-read” for passionate educators who push preconceived limits. Now, he brings his expertise to Classroom Champions to connect teachers across North America with elite athlete mentors.
Learn more about Adam Welcome below:
“Having Adam on board is a big step as we continue the growth of the organization,” says Steve Mesler, Co- Founder, President & CEO of Classroom Champions. “I have so much respect for Adam’s work and his long-time support of Classroom Champions. Now that Adam is with us, we’re excited to explore bigger relationships with more schools and districts – Adam doesn’t dream small dreams and will fit in at Classroom Champions right away as we seek to support education across the continent.”
Classroom Champions pairs teachers and grade-level teams with Olympians and Paralympians, college student- athletes, and professional athletes who use technology to engage students and encourage them to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big. Teachers are supported through professional development activities and an online community, and families are engaged through take-home materials. Classroom Champions envisions a community that brings together children and the world’s best athletes to learn the skills they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.
Scaled Mentorship™ makes a measurable difference with students, teachers, classrooms and with mentors:
- 89% of teachers reported Classroom Champions helped students get better grades.
- Classroom Champions teachers have a three times higher job engagement rate at the end of programming than the national average.
- Classroom Champions students are two and a half times less likely to be bullied than national
norms; a 63% reduction.
- 92% of students reported they made sure they went to school on days they knew the program was taking place (an average of once per week) while 85% of teachers reported the program improved their students’ attendance.
“There are so many programs and initiatives with the goal of supporting and benefiting kids,” says Welcome. “In all my work over the years in education, Classroom Champions is the epitome of doing what’s best for kids on a daily basis to help them achieve their goals!”
Using video lessons, live chats and social media, students’ social-emotional skills will be developed through Classroom Champion’s Scaled Mentorship™ model. This school year, Classroom Champions’ team of over 75 Olympians, Paralympians, professional athletes and college student athletes will be matched with up to 12 classrooms each, expanding the reach of a single mentor by greater than 300:1.
About Classroom Champions
Classroom Champions is a Federally Registered Charitable organization in Canada and a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization in the U.S. dedicated to partnering with teachers to connect low socioeconomic students with world- class athlete mentors to support students in academic, social and emotional learning (SEL) through Scaled Mentorship and other programs. Classroom Champions supports teachers and engages families to encourage children to achieve a successful future, working predominantly within low socioeconomic urban, rural and Indigenous communities. Over the course of six years, Classroom Champions has grown exponentially— establishing itself in more than 1,300 classrooms, mentoring more than 35,000 students across 34 U.S. states and eight Canadian provinces, working with 175 Olympic, Paralympic, University Student-Athletes, and Professional athletes who have volunteered as mentors. Through the Scaled Mentorship program, co-founded in 2009 by U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Mesler and education researcher Dr. Leigh Parise, PhD, athletes have dedicated their time to connecting and encouraging children to achieve their goals and finding success inside and outside the classroom.
About Adam Welcome
Adam Welcome has been an elementary school teacher, elementary principal, and director of innovation for a district with 35,000 students and enjoys pushing the envelope to always do what's best for kids! He was named Principal of the Year for his region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, and many other publications. Welcome also consults and works with many education companies to improve their product for others. He is the co-founder of Kids Deserve It with former Classroom Champions teacher Todd Nesloney and the author of Run Like a Pirate.
For more information, visit https://www.classroomchampions.org/team/adam-welcome/.