Saint Hilary School was selected as a partner school in the
Challenge Success Program at Stanford University for the 2010-2011 school year.
It was an honor to be selected for such an incredible opportunity for our
entire school community.
Challenge Success is a coordinated program that
helps schools, parents, and students develop models of success that align with
what is known about children’s needs. The program was founded by Dr. Madeline
Levine, a psychologist with over 25 years experience, Dr. Denise Pope, a senior
lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education, and Jim Lodbell, an
educational consultant with expertise in curriculum design and parent
Last October, key stakeholders from our school,
including administration, teachers, parents and students, met with interdisciplinary
experts from Stanford University who then visited our campus and classrooms to
provide insights on how our professional learning community could grow.
Through Challenge Success, our teachers were exposed to high-quality
professional development opportunities providing them the latest and best
practices for teaching for engagement (the key to real learning); our
curriculum was evaluated to make sure our students are getting the most out of
their valuable hours on campus; our homework policies were examined to make
sure we’re “making homework work.” What is the purpose of homework? How much is
too much? And our parents were exposed to child-centered research supporting
their children’s healthy emotional development.
Please visit the Challenge Success website at www.challengesuccess.org to
learn more about the healthiest and most effective strategies to increase our
children/ student’s well-being, engagement, and integrity.