Programs

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How can Chance to Soar support students in your schools?

Educator Development

All 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.

●      Games for Any Content: Participants explore the power of playing games to strengthen classroom community and improve engagement with the content.  Participants will learn several “all-play, no-outs” game structures that allow for simultaneous play and extended practice with academic content.

●      Effective Engagement: The most effective classrooms are those where all students are actively participating in learning and providing feedback.  Participants will learn several research-driven practices for increasing engagement in the classroom.

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.

●      Diverse Student Strengths and Learning Styles: Participants will learn the characteristics of various learning styles, strengths, and personality profiles and explore strategies reaching each type of learner with effective instruction.

Taking Chances for the Future

Developing goal-setting, planning, and organization skills

●      Classroom Management Toolbox: As part of creating a classroom that supports student-driven inquiry, effective classroom management is essential.  Participants will learn strategies and structures to create a win-win environment within their classroom.

●      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.

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 reminds them of 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.

●      Service and Learning: Participants will explore the power of providing opportunities for students to apply learning as measurable action through service and giving back. The session includes practical ideas and a framework for creating service opportunities.

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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.