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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Faculty and mentors coach students to build belonging and deepen impact.

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Students and coaches report more self-motivation, finishing more work and higher grades.

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Students become self-driven learners, doing new activities each year to persist toward their goals.

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What if Student Support was Student-Led?

What if instead of one adult trying to meet all the needs of hundreds of students at your school, hundreds of students were helping to meet each others’ needs? What if both students and school staff could grow their social emotional strengths together?

Simple Steps: Build Positive Habits Naturally

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.”
    MarioMarioCollege Student
  • "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 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!!"
    SamanthaSamanthaHigh School Student
  • “I used to fail at things and give up. I can honestly say that now I go in with a bull’s head and try and tackle my failures no matter how hard.”
    AndyAndyMiddle School Student
  • "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."
    SaraSaraMiddle School Student
  • "I didn’t really expect to learn anything through [EduGuide], but I actually have learned a lot of things with it. Like how I can improve my studying, and what I can learn from my mistakes."
    JamalJamalHigh School Student
  • "EduGuide has helped me because I have gotten better grades and have been here more often. I used to not be here a lot but now I am here every day. It is a magnificent program you can learn a lot."
    CarleyCarleyElementary School Student

Building a Community of Purpose

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.

EduGuide’s generous partners make our national award-winning programs possible.