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Education Overview

Our mission is to teach students the skills and awareness needed to create lasting positive change in psychological processes critical to their academic and social success. 

In education, a well-constructed program utilizes limited time and resources to create lasting positive change in a psychological process critical to the academic or social success of students. Although a number of promising areas for improvement in educational settings have been extensively researched, few of these findings have been systemically integrated by schools into their curricula, or even translated into a form that teachers can use in the classroom and that students can use and benefit from in the course of their everyday lives.

Over the last three years, we at the Heroic Imagination Project, have developed, piloted, evaluated, and refined six outcomes-based programs, both in individually and as a series, to students across a broad range of ages and diverse educational backgrounds. We have incorporated and integrated into our lesson design key methodological and conceptual elements from existing interventions that have been demonstrated to result in lasting positive outcomes for students. We have translated these techniques into activities and programs that can be used by regular teachers and youth workers across a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Our programs seek to create positive outcomes for students in two main areas:

Academic success, broadly defined in terms of students’:

a) enjoyment of the classroom environment;
b) motivation to succeed and challenge themselves;
c) rates of attendance;
) grade-point average (GPA) scores;
e) rates of college acceptance and completion; and most importantly,
f) self-efficacy beliefs in their own potential to improve and achieve explicit goals over time with effort, social support, and planned approaches (a growth mindset for their intellectual ability).

Social success, as defined by students’:

a) ability to resist negative or unwanted social influence forces (e.g. negative conformity, stereotype threat);
b) ability to implement positive change in interpersonal relationships and group interactions, especially in challenging situations (in which social influence forces are present), and
c) beliefs that they can create meaningful and lasting change in the world around them.

Click here to watch students from our Foothill Pilot program describe their experiences.