Stories

Finding My Safe Space by Sarah Bouffard

Teen Stories

    Throughout my time in high school, I had noticed that I was not the only student who felt like they did not have an area in school they could call a safe space, that they were allowed access to at any time during the school year. Very quickly, my space became the art

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Finding Friends, Finding Myself by Malia Mendez

Teen Stories

  These are my friends. Here, we are perfectly posed for my mother’s Canon camera and desperately waiting for the shutter to click so we can go back to eating snow like this: We are utter and complete goofballs, honored scholars that still love throwing snowballs at each other’s backs just for laughs, and this

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Smile Cards

Teen Stories

I live by a simple yet meaningful phrase “Know the story, know the person.” I know that behind your face is a story, a story worth sharing. The whole point behind the “Smile Cards”, as I dubbed them, is that when you hand them out to people, the most common response is simply a smile.

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Teens, Grit, and inspirED: An Interview with Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman

News

InspirED: Tell us a little about The Grit Guide for Teens: A Workbook to Help You Build Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset. What made you decide to write it? Why should teenagers develop grit? Dr. Baruch-Feldman: The Grit Guide for Teens is a workbook designed specifically for teens to help them build perseverance, resilience,

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This Is Me and I Matter

News

Nothing feels more important today than empathy and listening in school. That’s why we’re so excited to partner with Teachers Guild and Better Make Room to launch This is Me and I Matter: a national campaign for empathy building. More dialogue between teachers and students translates to more empathy and understanding in the classroom. We’re doing

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inspirED Case Study: NYC Lab School

School Stories

“An immediate impact was creating an environment where everyone felt equally valued and equally seen.” – Eleanor K., NYC Lab School Intro: The inspirED Team at NYC Lab set a goal of promoting cultural competency at their school. They surveyed their school climate and with the results, created a school-wide celebration of diversity to address

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inspirED Case Study: Brewster Academy

School Stories

Description: The Brewster inspirED Team had a vision for a more passionate, purposeful school community. They designed their own inspirED activities for all students, so that freshmen through seniors have the opportunity to connect based on shared interests and experiences. The Opportunity: Brewster Academy is boarding school in rural New Hampshire. For the past few

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inspirED Case Study: Alpha Public Schools

School Stories

School Name: Alpha Public Schools Location: San Jose, CA Description: At Alpha Public Schools, inspirED team members took initiative to change their faculty-student relations and improve the school’s emotional climate by presenting in staff meetings. The Opportunity: Originally, the STEF (stop the tears, end the fear) group at the Alpha Public School maintained a focus

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inspirED Case Study: Northwest Regional District 7

School Stories

Project Name: Kindness in Motion School Name: Northwest Regional District 7 Location: Winstead, CT Description: Northwest Regional District 7 created school-wide projects to spread kindness throughout the community, based on the idea of a ripple effect of kind acts. The Opportunity: Kindness in Motion was created with the idea that maybe one kind act could

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inspirED Case Study: Westbrook High School

School Stories

Project Name: Awareness Day Team Members: Westbrook High School inspirED Team School Name: Westbrook High School Location: Westbrook, CT Description: The inspirED Team at Westbrook High School wanted to make their school community feel more connected and supported. They surveyed their school climate, built mini-projects around connection and support, and held an Awareness Day featuring

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