Grow character strengths and a community of purpose with EduGuide’s evidence-based SEL activities and coaching platform.
Real Growth. Simple Steps.
Students do 15-minute, evidence-based, blended-online activities weekly.
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About once a week, students individually complete blended online activities using a computer, tablet or phone. Because it’s self-paced, students can do activities in as little as 15 minutes or faculty can extend the lesson for a full class period. At the college level, students do EduGuide on their own time as part of a class participation grade.
The evidence-based activities train students to mentor their peers in the social emotional mindsets, skills and habits that enable people to achieve their goals.
EduGuide saves you time by also supporting ELA standards, accomplishing multiple objectives at once. And staff can even complete parallel professional development activities while students work.
“EduGuide has helped me realize that I can do things and figure things out that I thought I couldn’t.”
– Annika, student
Faculty and mentors coach students to build belonging and deepen impact.
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A faculty member or other mentor occasionally replies to the student’s activities with questions that engage them in additional reflection and writing. Students build stronger bonds with their coaches around the social emotional issues students care about. They grow a sense of belonging as they collaborate with coaches on their personal goals and develop a core purpose for how their learning will help them contribute to their families and communities.
“[EduGuide has] reminded me of why I became a teacher, and I have learned more about my students than would ever be possible through more traditional means…If you want your students to learn more about themselves and how to respond in a positive way to what life deals them, try this program.”
– Jill Bevins, Teacher
Students and coaches report more self-motivation, finishing more work and higher grades.
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Students report changes in their attitudes toward work, and listen better to feedback they receive from faculty and staff. They’re more self-motivated, enjoy learning more and are more confident about success in school. In short, they become more self-driven learners. Staff also report that student behavior begins to reflect this. They come to class better prepared, pay attention more, participate more and do more homework.
“It helped me become more involved and speak out in class, and that rest of it followed with the help of EduGuide, such as asking questions, practicing material or coming back even from a bad score.”
– Jose, student
Students become self-driven learners, doing new activities each year to persist toward their goals.
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Students complete up to 20 self-paced activities per year. Each year, new activities build new skills and habits on their foundation for the next level of challenges. EduGuide’s path serves as a consistent bridge of social support as students transition from elementary all the way through college and into careers. Schools, colleges and other groups can even use EduGuide to collaborate as they guide students on each step to success.
For students, growing these strengths over time leads to sustained higher achievement in school as well as in life. Schools and colleges see improvements in peer influences, staff coaching practices, and campus climate and culture.
“EduGuide will help more kids not only start college, but finish it with a degree. They won’t give up at the first sign of difficulty. They’ll remember the activities they did with EduGuide and push on.”
– Monica Robinson, English Language Arts Department Head
Take 15 minutes to engage and reflect with our demo grit-building activity.
EduGuide thinks differently about how to help people grow organically. We don’t have any materials you have to keep stocked, or conferences or other extras to schedule and pay. And you don’t have to rework your entire curriculum or school structure before you can get started. EduGuide begins where you are, integrates with what you’re already doing, and provides a path to where you want to go. We use simple steps, bite-sized content and practical weekly challenges to give people space to reflect, grow and encourage each other. It’s a natural model for learning designed to make your life simpler.
Launch your EduGuide program in one day. Train staff in one hour; start students the next.
Get more PD with less hassle.Without interrupting schedules, EduGuide delivers self-paced, collaborative PD in 15-minute modules that staff can do on any device anywhere, anytime. EduGuide even tracks their progress as they grow in coaching student strengths.
Fit EduGuide into almost any schedule. Primary and secondary school students can do activities in as little as 15 minutes of class time once a week, while college students do the activities on their own time.
Put EduGuide in any class. Because it’s about learning how to learn, schools and colleges have used it to support everything from English to Engineering. Just choose a class, such as Advisory, that provides all your students with consistent support. Colleges can easily embed it as part of participation in all classes to create a campuswide support system.
Stop sacrificing curriculum time for support time.EduGuide can do both. It’s aligned to advance English Language Arts and other standards. Students practice thinking critically about multimedia, informational content and become reflective writers. Built-in tools even strengthen vocabulary and comprehension for English language learners and other students.
Help students when they’re struggling and when they’re thriving. When they’re struggling, EduGuide equips them to overcome obstacles. When they’re thriving, EduGuide equips them to passionately pursue their purpose and help those around them do the same.
Grow at your own pace. EduGuide takes commitment, and with small steps builds simple weekly habits that enable students and staff to make the changes they want to see in their lives and their learning.
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Real Growth: Strengthen Students, Staff & Culture
EduGuide achieves measurable impact on multiple levels with collaborative social and emotional activities for staff and students. Prior randomized control group studies, validated by What Works Clearinghouse without reservation, indicate these activities can significantly improve academic attitudes, behavior and achievement. In schools and colleges, EduGuide students and faculty report better grades and test scores. Engagement also improves as staff coach students, and students learn to coach their peers. This creates a virtuous cycle we call a “community of purpose”: a campus where everyone is coaching each other to reach their goals.
Multiply student support. EduGuide’s unique model engages all staff and students in learning how to mentor others in the social and emotional mindsets, skills and habits necessary to achieve their goals. Positive peer influences build bridges of empathy between students and narrow achievement gaps.
Nurture bonds and belonging. EduGuide fosters space for reflection and connection between staff and students on their goals, obstacles and aspirations. Staff report deeper relationships with students, making listening and learning easier for everyone.
Grow the whole student. EduGuide equips students to pursue their own personal growth goals in all areas of their lives, from sports and sleep to study habits and stress. Weekly challenges help them make practical progress, one step at a time.
Increase equity. EduGuide is designed for the diversity of students needs, contexts and culture. Instead of only reaching the most vocal or active students, EduGuide’s personal path ensures that each student engages with the content on their own terms. And instead of the way train-the-trainer models can sometimes get watered down, EduGuide’s direct-to-student online activities ensure that all students get content with equal fidelity to the research model.
Power persistence. EduGuide students deepen their sense of purpose by learning how to help others pursue their purpose too. Research shows this purpose powers persistence on short-term tasks such as homework and long-term objectives such as graduation.
Smooth the path to success. EduGuide provides a unique personal development path that students can start at any point, from elementary school through college, to guide them through transitions. If you choose, you can even collaborate with school and community partners to coach students.
Cultivate a coaching culture. EduGuide’s weekly 15-minute activities for staff and students develop a coaching habit that regularly orients everyone around how to help each other overcome obstacles, adapt and persist. It creates an encouraging environment where each person feels safe to face their fears, learn from failures and flourish.
How EduGuide Helps
"It was my first year in college, and...realizing we all share a fear of failure, looking dumb, being unconfident and so on is not just my fear but everyone’s, that is huge, at least for me. It helped me become more involved and speak out in class, and the rest of it followed with the help of EduGuide, such as asking questions, practicing material, or coming back even from a bad score.”
"Before, I never thought that I would accomplish anything. A lot of the people around me would bring me down and tell me I couldn’t do certain things. But now I am going to...college and I think I finally am starting to figure my future out. [EduGuide] has really helped me realize what I was doing and ENCOURAGED ME A LOT!!"
"It made me take a look at the things I've done in my life, the mistakes and the things I can do to not make the same mistakes again, the good things I've done and how to keep doing those things for my own benefit."
We named our nonprofit to honor those who guide our education: EduGuides are people passionate about pursuing their potential who find joy in helping others reach theirs too. What if our schools, colleges and communities were filled with EduGuides? What if not only staff, but students, parents and others were all involved in coaching each other to bring out their best?
That’s the world towards which we’re working. We invite you to join us in our mission. By taking small steps now to invest in each other, we can take big steps together to make that world a reality.
We’re proud of the steps our students are taking as EduGuides. These videos offer a few glimpses of how they are responding to one of our EduGuide challenges: sharing their purpose with the world.
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Founded in 2000, EduGuide is an award-winning nonprofit that specializes in research driven tools that thousands of partners have used to coach millions of people to take measurable steps to success. Learn more