Strategies for Success is a 90 day program originally designed for a public high school in Rhode island to empower teens and provide them with the academic, leadership, and social skills needed to be successful during their teen years and beyond. Inspired by the events of Columbine and the tragic suicide of a student who had been bullied, this program gives teens a daily dose of the positive strategies of the most successful people in the world. It builds a team of students – grades 9 to 12, all levels of ability – who most likely would have never crossed paths, who in fact might otherwise have been adversaries.
These factors combined with the enormous popularity of the class (85% of the student body enrolled at some point in their high school career) created a positive shift in the student body and the entire school. Many have attributed a rise in graduation rate, attendance rates and state test scores to the implementation of this program. They also noted a drop in discipline problems including bullying as the program grew.
The program contains 56 lessons taught in a positive, supportive manner creating a safe environment in which students thrive. Lessons cover a wide variety of topics including team building, leadership, ethics, learning strategies, power of words, goal setting, the power of giving back and much more. Very detailed directions are provided for the instructor so that they might achieve the same results as those who came before them.
Homework is minimal as the most important factor is what happens in class during the lectures, interactive team building activities and projects. There is a daily sheet for students with a quote of the day. It’s available on a web site so that students might have access from any device they have available. Teachers/schools who purchase this program may email the creator of the program (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the student journal pages on PDF should they want to print some for those students who don’t have easy access to technology.
This program has been recognized both locally and nationally for the extremely positive results the teens who have taken it have achieved. They range from Teacher of the Year for the school and district to recognition as a “Hero” for the Oprah Winfrey Show to the Jefferson Award for Public Service to National Finalist - Cable in the Classroom Leaders in Learning.