Current challenge

How might we cultivate a sense of belonging, acceptance and safety in school for all of our students?

About this challenge

Belonging plays a powerful role in academic success. Our collective goal is to source as many promising belonging practices as possible and then work with each other to remix them across as many locations as possible.

There are four ways you can get involved over the course of the Challenge: , help us , and .

Why this challenge matters

Belonging is associated with many positive life outcomes such as a greater sense of well-being and happiness, better stress management, greater health and even lower mortality rates. On the other hand, a lack of belongingness can impair learning and performance. Read more on our blog.

How belonging changes lives:

Allen & Bowles 2012

...& closes the achievement gap

When African American college sophomores participated in a program designed to foster belonging, the proportion who were in the top 25% more than quadrupled.

Walton & Cohen 2011

Our community guides

Our community guides are here to support you throughout this challenge. They will synthesize the belonging conversations, will look for themes, and will make sure your voice is heard, your questions are answered and great ideas are shared.

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Christina Torres

7th and 9th Grade English

University Laboratory School

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Vivett Dukes

7th-Grade English Language Arts

Queens Collegiate: A College Board School

Queens, NY

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Michael Hernandez


Mira Costa High School

Los Angeles

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William Anderson

9-12, Social Studies, A.V.I.D, and Culture Lead

Manual High School


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Christopher Bronke


Downers Grove North High School

Downers Grove, IL

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Kip Hottman

9-12 Spanish 2

Fern Creek High School

Louisville, Kentucky

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