2/4/20—NCGS members, the Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) in Denver and Los Angeles, were featured among ten recently released case studies from the Chan Zuckerberg Institute (CZI). The profiles highlight schools expanding the definition of student success by going beyond academics to more fully encompass the developmental needs of the whole child. GALS, Inc. operates a network of public, single-gender middle and high schools with the holistic vision that “healthy bodies fuel healthy minds.”
“Student success is often defined in academic terms, alone. These schools are expanding that definition to include identity, physical, mental, and emotional factors that can have a profound impact on why—and whether—students thrive,” said Brooke Stafford-Brizard, CZI’s Director of Whole Child Development. CZI uses technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges from preventing and eradicating disease to improving learning experiences for children.
GALS leaders have a long-term comprehensive vision for student success. As one leader shared, “We talk a lot about a well-lived life, self-possession, and self-sufficiency. We want to prepare students to lead confidently, succeed academically, live boldly, and thrive physically. We want students to leave high school ready to approach the world the way they see fit. We want them to embrace embodied living and leading. We prepare students for innovative leadership in a global society.”
Click here to view CZI’s case study on the GALS, Inc. schools.