Chance to Soar
Chance to Soar

Programs

Programs

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How can Chance to Soar support students in your schools?

Educator Development

Chance to Soar’s educator development programs are designed to equip teachers and school faculty to lead students in one or more of these four areas:

Taking Chances with Others

Fostering supportive classroom communities built on mutual respect and collaboration

●      Team Building in the Classroom: Educators will learn several structures for building a positive classroom community to support students learning and social-emotional growth. Recommended: 1-3 hours; $750/hour

●      Effective Engagement with Games for Any Content: Participants explore the power of playing games to strengthen classroom community and improve engagement with rigorous content.  Participants will learn several “all-play, no-outs” game structures that allow for simultaneous play and extended practice with academic content. Participants will also learn several research-driven practices for increasing engagement in the classroom. Recommended: 1-3 hours; $750/hour

Taking Chances on Yourself

Teaching positive character development and sense of self-worth by focusing on student strengths and passions

●      Teaching from Your Strengths: Participants will be given an assessment tool to help them identify their strengths and/or personality styles and explore how those could be used effectively in the classroom.  Participants will also understand the strength and personality profiles of their teammates and explore how to create balanced collaboration with other staff members. Participants will explore strategies for reaching each type of learner with effective instruction. Recommended: 2-3 hours; $750 hour

Taking Chances for the Future

Developing goal-setting, planning, and organization skills

●      Goal-setting, Grit, and Growth Mindset: Participants will learn strategies for teaching students to set goals, plan the steps needed to achieve goals, reflect on progress, develop perseverance, and communicate with others who can support the goal. Recommended 1-2 hours; $750/hour

Taking Chances for Someone Else

Cultivating a mindset that values service to others

●      Recipe for Classroom Joy: A motivational session that reminds teachers why they became educators in the first place and the critical role they play in the lives of students.  Focus is given to the power of relationship building and the unique ability of an educator to create hope in the lives of students. This special session uses gifts for the participants to create an Oprah-like moment to remember. Recommended 1 hour; $35/participant

Hourly pricing includes facilitators and materials for an entire school staff. Email us to learn more or book an event for your school.

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Student Development

Chance to Soar’s student development programs are designed to create opportunities for students in one or more of these four areas:

Taking Chances with Others

Fostering supportive classroom communities built on mutual respect and collaboration

·       Team Building: (Adaptable for all grades) Students will participate in activities designed to increase the teamwork and mutual respect indicative of a strong classroom communities.

·       Social-Emotional Skills: (Adaptable for all grades) Students will participate in activities designed to develop social-emotional skills such as empathy, confidence, communication, problem-solving and/or reflection.

Taking Chances on Yourself

Teaching positive character development and sense of self-worth by focusing on student strengths and passions

·       Interest Discovery: (Grades 2-6) During this inquiry-driven program students will explore the characteristics, personal interests, and values that make them unique and special, imagine how those might develop as they grow older, and learn how to use these strengths to contribute to a strong classroom community.  

·       Strengths Discovery: (Grades 6-12) Students will be given an assessment tool to help them identify their strengths and/or personality styles and explore how those could positively influence decisions they face in college, career, and as members of the greater community.

Taking Chances for the Future

Developing goal-setting, planning, and organization skills

·       Organized Learning: (Grades 3-6) An integral part of student success depends on the ability to develop the executive functioning skill of organizing materials and tasks.  Students will participate in an organization boot-camp to find organization strategies that work for them.

·       Big Picture Goals: (Grades 6-12) Students will work on setting a “big-picture” goal, creating a visual of the goal to keep them motivated, identifying mid-level goals needed to reach the ultimate goal, and brainstorming strategies and incremental steps needed to work toward reaching goals.  

Taking Chances for Someone Else

Cultivating a mindset that values service to others

·       Helping Others Helps Us All: (Adaptable for all grades) Students will learn about different and creative ways that youth can give-back to their community.  Students will also participate in brainstorming and designing a service project based on ideas they are learning as part of grade-level academic requirements.

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Custom Coaching

Chance to Soar meets with administrators to custom design a research-driven program to maximize faculty impact on student success.  Chance to Soar staff evaluates school systems and faculty to design coaching specific to each school.  Administrator and teacher professional coaching provides a platform for self-reflection.  Reflection, when practiced effectively, allows an individual the opportunity to examine practices, look at data, listen to feedback and adjust utilizing best practice research.   Chance to Soar staff demonstrate a responsible coaching model that will assist an individual in meeting their individual potential.    Given their vast experience at many levels of education, Chance to Soar is able to support a staff member from a balanced and principled perspective. Areas of focus may include setting mission and vision, fostering teamwork among teachers, increasing student engagement, communicating with parents and stakeholders, mentoring and modeling for teachers who need extra support, and capitalizing on high performing teachers by keeping them inspired while the staff around them soars to that level. 

Guest Speaking

Chance to Soar co-founders, Dr. Andra Barton and Aletha Scheck, are available for speaking engagements.  These motivational talks can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization as Dr. Barton and Mrs. Scheck share stories and strategies that inspire your audience.  Topics include:

  • Making the most of the chances that come along.

  • Encouraging people to take strategic risks in setting and achieving goals.

  • The privilege and responsibility of leading students in today’s society.

  • Using personal passions as motivation in the workplace or classroom.

  • Capitalizing on the power of relationships to maximize student success.

  • Removing the limitations that keep students from succeeding.

  • Teamwork and building a sense of community.