Challenge Success Workshop

In a high-stakes, high-pressure culture, parent and school expectations may have unintentional but damaging effects on students. Increasing demands on students may lead to unhealthy stress, resulting in burnout, disengagement, or debilitating physical and mental health symptoms.
This workshop examines the tension that parents, students, and teachers often experience over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition, and offers tools for creating a healthier school climate.
Learning Objectives for Parents
1.    Learn how you can establish healthier home and school environments for school-aged children.
2.    Explore how to reduce academic stress and disengagement without sacrificing achievement. 
3.    Examine how to increase students’ resilience, creativity, competence, and well-being.
When: Monday, March 11, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Bellarmine Campus, Connelly Campus Center
  • Light refreshments will be provided
  • Please register by March 1 for planning purposes


About the Presenter
Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder and current strategic advisor at Challenge Success, a school reform nonprofit that partners with schools and families to elevate student voice and implement research-based strategies that improve student well-being, belonging, and engagement with learning.
She is the author of, "Doing School": How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001, and lead author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies For Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids(Jossey-Bass, 2015). She also co-hosts the Stanford University SiriusXM radio show called “School’s In.”
Dr. Pope lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She is a 3-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award and was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year "Educators' Voice Award" from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University.