Social-emotional learning and achievement at Valor

Valor Collegiate Academies is crediting a sharp focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) for students’ astonishing academic success, which propelled its Tennessee schools to the top 1 percent of all middle schools in the state in its first year.

Rocketship Academy will ‘touch your soul’ with gratitude

Teachers and administrators at Nashville’s Rocketship United Academy want students to understand that the school’s core values are more than slogans on a poster, so they’re bringing them to life through daily rituals that “create a consistent, predictable, and positive school experience.”

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Russian luger shares his sled with American

At their core, the Olympics are a testament to the competitive spirit. However, amidst all of the celebration surrounding individual and team triumphs currently underway in Pyeongchang, American luger Chris Mazdzer has revealed that generosity and friendship also have a role to play in the proceedings.

High school freshman helps friend having a seizure

It’s a moment many of us dread: happening unexpectedly upon a friend who is in the midst of a medical emergency. Jacquise Richardson, a freshman at Jemison High School in Huntsville, AL, found himself in just that situation. He calmly and decisively helped a friend who was having a seizure, and Richardson’s teachers are now praising him for his timely actions.

Basketball star learned generosity at home

Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (MKG) took 10 children to Dick’s Sporting Goods with the Partners for Parks afterschool program, each with a $100 gift card. That habit of generosity is one that he learned from his mother and one he practiced as a boy.

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