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.
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.
Ted Wachs joyfully taught world history and psychology and coached student athletes for 46 years. He was a pioneer in holistic education who was influenced by time spent studying confluent education (integration of mind, body and spirit). His positive, strengths-based approach influenced countless lives and the SoulSpark Learning approach. SoulSpark Learning celebrates at least one educator each year with a $400 award in his memory.
The criteria for award selection is evidence of holistic and strengths-based educational practices. The receiving educator can use the funds to explore a question or develop an idea they are working on in the classroom that relates to the SoulSpark Learning mission. In addition to funding, the award includes support from the SoulSpark Learning Team. Priority consideration will be given to innovations with potential to impact underserved gifted youth (students eligible for free/reduced lunch, bilingual, Latino and African American students).
SoulSpark Learning is committed to inclusivity and accessibility. Our incredible volunteer corps has enabled the nonprofit to provide services, tools and programming at reasonable fees. Still, there are significant adminstrative and programming expenses. Your financial contributions support SoulSpark Learning’s sustainability, reach and impact. Thank you, thank you!
SoulSpark Learning welcomes donations from residents in Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Wyoming. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a donation from another state as some registrations are pending.
Colorado residents may obtain copies of registration and financial documents from the office of the Secretary of State by calling (303) 894-2200 or at www.sos.state.co.us/. Registration number: 20193035591.
SoulSpark Learning’s approach provides a roadmap to change. Genetics, the envrionment and what we practice influence outcomes. Comprised of educators, health care professionals, parents and non-profit leaders, our team is disciplined in our research and innovative in applying the learning in practice.