Our Mission

Our mission is to empower kids with the social and emotional competencies that are necessary for achievement and life-long success.  We believe that kids "learn by doing" and create imaginative hands-on play that puts your child in control.  And, our commitment is to deliver boxes that are delightfully fun and unexpected.  

Modern Research & Gap Education

Modern research has identified skills that are more predictive than IQ and pure talent of academic and athletic success in school and later in life.  Carol Dweck of Stanford University found that students with a “Growth Mindset” - a belief that traits are a result of continued effort - perform better in math and language than those with a fixed mindset - a belief that talents are inherent and do not change.  Similarly, studies by Angela Duckworth of The University of Pennsylvania prove that a child’s Grit - the capacity to work towards long-term goals better predicts academic accomplishment than traditional measures like IQ. The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has also synthesized volumes of research to develop a framework around five social and emotional competencies that are critical for students to perform effectively and ethically.

Despite the proven importance of these skills, traditional curriculum may not be evolving quickly enough to train our children.  That's where we come in.  Our accelerated learning program reinforces social and emotional learning and occupies the "gap" between traditional school lessons and extracurricular activities (such as music and sports) to ensure your child gains a complete developmental education.

Current executive entrepreneurship, leadership and business curriculums emphasize the need for strong social and emotional skills, such as self-awareness and management, empathy, mindfulness, change management and growth through crisis.  

Superpower Academy exists so kids can begin building these critical skills today.

Our Collaborations

With support from the Omidyar Foundation (established by Pierre Omidyar, ebay founder, and his wife, Pam), we took modern research and executive leadership curriculum, and collaborated with social & emotional psychologists at HOPELAB, which deploys science, design and technology for youth, DAYLIGHT, a human-centered design firm with a depth of education expertise, and SMALLIFY, a social mission-focused innovation lab facilitator, to create SUPERPOWER ACADEMY.  

Designed by Leaders for Leaders

Since strong social and emotional skills are important for leadership, SMALLIFY facilitated design-thinking sessions with a group of public and private executive leaders to create learning activities for leaders of tomorrow.  These leaders identified emotion management and empathy as key leadership qualities and collaborated to design two of our most favorite superpower missions!

 

A Special Thanks to Our Collaborators:

 
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