School Stories

An ExSELlent Mission!

Imagine if one of your former students (who was labeled “at-risk” as a freshman in your class) graduated as valedictorian, went on to Harvard, and eventually did a TEDx Talk mentioning what he learned in your class. That is what happened this past January when Daniel McCutchen did this TEDx Talk featuring his social and

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This School Has Something to Sing About

A Minneapolis Public Schools teacher seized an opportunity that changed the entire climate of a school for the better. It started when one school in North Minneapolis Franklin Middle School was reopened last year after being shut down for several years. After a turbulent start to the reopening of the school Michael Bratsch a teacher

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inspirED Case Study: NYC Lab School

“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

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 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

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

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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inspirED Case Study: re:imagine/ATL at Frederick Douglass High School

Project Name: re:imagine ATL School Name: Frederick Douglass High School Location: Atlanta, GA Description: re:imagine/COMMUNITY is an after-school program that empowers youth to be the visual storytellers and changemakers in their community. The teens involved are all facing unique challenges such as youth homelessness, poverty, and anger management. Through the support of mentors and hands-on

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inspirED Case Study: Diamond Bar High School Wellness Center

Project Name: DBHS Wellness Center School Name: Diamond Bar High School Location: Diamond Bar, CA Description: A team of students at the Diamond Bar High School Wellness Center began a peer counseling group at their school in an effort to lower rates of anxiety and depression among the students. At the Wellness Fair, the team

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inspirED Case Study: North Haven High School

  Project Name: Diversity in Action School Name: North Haven High School Location: North Haven, CT Description: The Diversity Team at North Haven High School has worked for years to promote acceptance and tolerance in their school. When the results of their school climate assessment indicated that students in the school wanted more of a

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