NBC’s TODAY show is telling the stories of people who are working hard to support and prioritize student and teacher well-being. Research tells us that student well-being is foundational to learning — when students have strong connections to school, academic achievement and well-being are both accelerated. The series is supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
A Whole Child Approach at Valor Collegiate Academies
Schools don’t have to compromise academic results for comprehensive human development. See how students at Valor Collegiate Academies in Tennessee are building the foundation for lifelong learning skills.
Listen to the podcast episode below featuring Priscilla Chan and NBC’s Morgan Radford to learn more about CZI’s commitment to supporting schools that center students’ well-being in support of academic achievement and success.
Putting Relationships First at Chicago International Charter School Bucktown
Chicago teachers at CICS – Bucktown are prioritizing student-teacher relationships to help drive learning. Watch as educators explain how they build strong connections with students and tune into the podcast below to hear more stories from the classroom.
Supporting Each Child’s Learning and Development With Priscilla Chan
CZI’s Co-Founder and Co-CEO Priscilla Chan opens up about her life’s mission and shares how she hopes to help children.
Breaking the Stigma Around Mental Health at Maryland’s Winters Mill High School
Seventy percent of teens believe anxiety and depression are major issues among people their age. Students at a high school in Westminster, Maryland, are determined to make a difference.
Celebrating Teens Who Serve as Peer Advocates With Falcons of Strength
Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Maryland, is helping teens through a peer mentorship program called Falcons of Strength. Students are surprised with wi-fi hotspots, webcams, and a free subscription to the meditation app Headspace.
Creating Community and Connection at Maryland’s Winters Mill High School
Students at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Maryland, reflect on what it means to participate in a program to help their peers deal with anxiety and depression.
Support for Academics and Life at Kairos Academies in St. Louis
According to one survey, 87 percent of teens say the coronavirus has added stress or anxiety to their lives. But Kairos Academies in St. Louis helps students meet that challenge by pairing them with life coaches. It’s part of a program called Summit Learning that includes nearly 300 schools across the country.
Starting Strong at Van Ness Elementary School
Van Ness Elementary School incorporates social and emotional learning through daily activities like “Strong Start,” where students learn important life skills essential to their well-being.
Books Before Boxing at Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym
Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit, founded by Khali Sweeney and his staff, works to bridge the education gap and enhance the lives of kids through academic intervention and social programs centered on peer mentorship and boxing lessons.
Using Music to Boost Well-Being With Hip Hop Public Health
Hip Hop Public Health uses science and music to create free resources to keep kids active, focused, and educated about important health topics like nutrition, mask wearing, and stress relief.
Connecting College Students to Teens with Peer Health Exchange
Peer Health Exchange is a unique program that trains college students to teach skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country. The nonprofit deployed a new curriculum in Boston that focuses on mental health and self-care to help high school freshmen cope with the isolation of remote learning.
About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015 to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges — from eradicating disease and improving education, to addressing the needs of our communities. Through collaboration, providing resources and building technology, our mission is to help build a more inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone. For more information, please visit chanzuckerberg.com.