SoulSpark Learning is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to optimizing the development and well-being of youth and the educators who care for them.
Our vision is for an education system that prioritizes educator health and where teachers are prepared to engage student strengths and interests through meaningful and highly individualized instruction. We reference exemplary practices for gifted youth as a launching off point for innovation. The future of humanity hinges on the innovative and collaborative power of young people and we are committed to supporting each in bringing their best selves forward. Our evidence-based, holistic approach to instruction considers eight interdependent dimensions of development that impact life outcomes.
Where each person’s unique constellation of strengths and interests connect with opportunities to shine and be of service.
Ted Wachs joyfully taught high school world history and psychology and coached student athletes for 46 years. He was a pioneer in holistic education who influenced the SoulSpark Learning approach to instructional design.
Each year SoulSpark Learning will celebrates and support at least one educator who shares Ted’s passion for teaching through a $400 award in his name. Why $400? Ted recognized the wisdom in indigenous education practices oriented by the four directions. Beginning in the east, educators first cultivate feelings of belonging. The final direction, north, represents generosity, the measure of a good education.
The receiving educator can use the funds at their discretion to develop an idea they are working on in the classroom that is related to the SoulSpark Learning mission. In addition to funding, the award includes coaching from the SoulSpark Learning Team to support the BrighT.ED. Award recipient(s) in the implementation of their idea.
Since Ted’s passing in July of 2019 we have raised enough for nearly 4 full scholarships. We are grateful for your generous support!
Passionate + Purposeful, Emotionally intelligent, Agile, Creative & Environmentally connected learners.
We become what we practice. Research shows these practices accelerate growth and create more inclusive communities.
Have you been told you are “too sensitive,” “too intense,” “ask too many questions” or “move too quickly?” We validate outside the box because innovators and transformational leaders need to be able to walk with calm confidence when their ingenious ideas and equity-oriented actions bump up against the familiar and unjust.