Overview

Testimonials
Research
Table of Contents

By Mark E. Moran and Angela Maiers

Contact: MarkEMoran@GMail.com

Why This Course?
• In a 2011 TED talk titled, “You Matter,” Angela Maiers spoke of how
“these two words can change minds and change lives, if we
understand them and we leverage them in the right way.”
• This talk ignited a global movement of people who reacted powerfully to
Angela’s message. Angela and Mark Moran have presented the message at
hundreds of education conferences and school districts. We witnessed life
changing transformation.
• The materials in this course enable a deep. comprehensive
understanding of the message by educators and students everywhere.
Watch the launch video.
• Educators will change the way they view their students, and themselves,
and their respective place in the world. They will learn to intentionally
notice, value and honor students for who they are now.
• Students will learn to become the empowered, collaborative, empathetic,
innovative and passionate citizens this world needs.
• The course proactively addresses the root cause of issues such as
bullying, self-harm, substance abuse, and disengagement: the feeling that we
don’t matter
• The student materials easily integrate with student-centered learning
programs such as Genius Hour, Student Advisory, and Capstone Projects
that are already in place in many schools.

How Do I Introduce It In School?
• The course includes a self-paced professional development course for
educators, and a Classroom Implementation Guide and materials
ready to present to students.
• We expect that it will take educators 8 hours to complete the professional
development part of the course. It includes group activities and discussions
and thus is well-suited for professional development days.
• It is also well suited for teachers in training, and other college students.
• We expect that students will need between five and 25 hours of classroom
and homework time to complete the lessons. The course includes videos,
short reading and reflection questions, so much of it can be completed at
home.

How Do I Register?
• Click here to register for the course; the classroom materials are available
inside of the online course.
• Contact MarkEMoran@GMail.com with questions or for bulk purchases.

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What will participants learn?

The Course develops and promotes:
• Empathy - by instilling a habit of noticing, valuing and honoring others,
and demonstrating how to "see clearly" and "listen loudly to" other people.
• Empowerment - by challenging them to discover, develop and make their
unique contribution to the world.
• Self-awareness - by guiding them to explore their unique attributes,
experience and perspective.
• Innovation - by encouraging them to think about ways to solve a problem
in a way that no one has before.
• Authentic, collaborative learning and problem-solving - by
challenging them to solve "real world" problems that matter most to them,
establishing that we are smarter together, and connecting them to experts
and mentors who are eager to guide them.
• All of these skills and attributes are essential to flourish in the
world into which our students will graduate.
What is the Cost?
• The price is $99 per educator, with volume discounts for multiple users in a
district. Use MarkFriend17 to obtain a 20% discount through October 31.
• This includes access to student materials for up to 40 students in a class.
• Contact us to purchase more student licenses, for a modest fee.

How Much Class Time is Needed?
• We provide materials for students to directly interact with all of the
lessons, but we expect that some educators will share all of the materials,
and some will share only parts of it.
• The entire course material should take about 25 hours of classroom/
homework time, but students would be greatly enriched by spending
even 10 hours of student time with the materials.
• The world-changing activities that the course fosters could keep students
learning and growing the whole school year.
Testimonials for the Course
"The lessons in the Choose2Matter course furnish outstanding insight
and advice on how to model and encourage bravery, vulnerability, curiosity,
risk-taking, problem-solving, and persistence. Students have responded in
kind, demonstrating these traits consistently in our work together.  The
exercises included in the course have helped me slow down, and  become
more intentional about my interactions with my students, my family,
my colleagues, and others. I find myself being truly present, and listening to
what they are saying, verbally and non-verbally.” - Kelli Etheredge, Director
of Teaching and Learning Resources, St. Paul's Episcopal School, Mobile AL

“This course has helped shape my philosophy of teaching. I want to be
the teacher that kids will remember as the one who took the time to
understand them, to listen to them, to invest in them, and to cheer them on
when they did great and helped them when they needed help.”

“This course will help me lay the foundation of a great human being
before I worry about content.”

“I have made a more conscious effort to notice, value and honor my students
consistently. I hear students making comments to each other, and see the
looks on their faces, that tell me this really matters to them.”

“I now realize I need to focus more on seeing my students for who they are,
and listening more closely to what they have to say. I want my students to
realize that I value what they have to say and that I see them as individuals.”

“These strategies will allow me to be more present and joyful in my
interactions. In a classroom, or with my team, I expect people will feel more
appreciated and I will not be as dismissive of my own power and influence.”

Testimonials for Choose2Matter
Angela Maiers and Mark Moran have presented the Choose2Matter message
at conferences, school districts and in communities for five years. Here are
some of the reactions:

“Choose2Matter helped my team learn important things about each
other we never knew. We used it as a chance to remind each other what’s
special about each of us.” –Lovejoy HS

“I’ve been trying to find the right words to capture the energy, the passion,
the enthusiasm, the positivity of the first professional development day in a
long time that actually mattered. The takeaways of our staff have been
incredible. The effects of the Choose2Matter message have transcended the
high school auditorium.” - Steve Figurelli, Edison Township School District.

“Your message inspired me to facilitate a groundbreaking activity with
colleagues and to look deep inside and see my value to the world, to see how
much I matter. It made me a stronger, better person. Thank you.”
Teacher, Ontario, Canada

"I can't remember a beginning of the school year with a more positive
tone....I saw more examples of students working with each other to build a
learning community than I can ever remember....Our commitment to
excellence requires more than hard work....It requires us to focus on what
matters -- relationships between parents, faculty, staff, community and, of
course, with our students.” Michael Poore, former Superintendent of
Bentonville, AR.

“Choose2Matter changed the way I see the world. It's made me a global
citizen and shown me that we are stronger when we work together.” - Grace
Miner, Student, East Greenwich High School.
“Choose2Matter shows young people that each voice is important and has the
power to be heard and to make change. It empowers these young people to
use their voices, individually and collectively, to solve problems and spark
social change locally, nationally and even globally. The challenges and
opportunities we face today will be inherited by students in the future, and
their involvement in solving problems now will better position us
to achieve meaningful, sustainable solutions. the insight and personal
growth they achieve through Choose2Matter will benefit them in and out of
school, and for many years to come.” U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin, (D-
RI), who attended two Choose2Matter LIVE events

“Something remarkable Thursday in Estherville that will no doubt influence
ELC students for the rest of their lives. Empowerment is giving power to
others, and tools to change their lives and the lives of others. It’s thinking
outside the box, above offering a unique perspective. We should all try
thinking that way. It just might help us solve the world's problems.”

“Test scores don’t matter in the long run for the kids. What matters is that
they find something that they’re passionate about that can help others. You
can’t put a price tag on it. As a Principal, I’m very proud that my
students are engaging in it.” - Art Campbell, Downingtown STEM
Quotes & Research on Mattering
“Mattering provides students a “strong foundation of self-efficacy and self-
confidence from which they find a sense of purpose and an enduring
sense of intrinsic motivation and drive for continued school engagement
and academic success.” - American School Counselor Association

“Mattering to others is an existentially reassuring awareness, and,
contrariwise, failing to matter is terrifying….Mattering is a basic
component of social integration.” - Family Matters: The Importance of
Mattering to Family in Adolescence

“We owe all our children safety, support, opportunity and help finding a way
forward. We can start by showing children that they matter….It’s the
answer to a vital question that all children ask about their place in the world,
continuing into and beyond adolescence: Do I make a difference to others?
When the answer is no, kids feel rejected and alone. They become prone to
self-destructive and antisocial behaviors.” - Sheryl Sandberg

“Technological change is stirring an existential fear that is stoking the
wildfires in our politics and society. But when we’re reminded that we
matter, things get better. We’re more likely to act as good citizens. We’re
more likely to be our best selves. We’re more likely to actually solve those
problems. So having a sense of self-worth isn’t some kind of new-age, hippy-
dippy thing. It’s important — and maybe even key to saving democracy and
solving the biggest problems we face.” - Eli Pariser

“Everyone the world over asks the same question: ‘Do I matter?’ They
want to know, ‘Does what I do have meaning to others? To myself ?’‘Am I
worthy?’ If you can come to believe you’re worthy, then your entire life shifts.
Change your mind about that fundamental belief, and you can change your
world, and the world at large.” - Maria Shriver

Table of Contents
(Includes selected portions of the artwork from the course,
links to several of the videos that complement the lessons,
and a few of the reflection and discussion prompts)

Preface
Module 1 - Accepting Your Genius
Module 2 - Accepting That You Matter
Module 3 _ Accelerating the Message That Everyone Matters
Module 4 - Acting Through Collective Genius

Preface
• Entrance Survey
• About the Authors
• Video Foreword: Angela Maiers Explains Choose2Matter
• Note from the Author
• About this Course
• What to Expect
• Your Genius Notebook
• Setting Up the Genius Notebook
• Discussion 1: Introducing Genius Notebooks into the classroom

Lesson 1 - Accepting Your Genius

1.1: What Is Genius?

Discussion 2: Your Definition of Genius Instructions

1.2 How Do Genius Learners Work?

Discussion 3: Genius Attributes, Habits, and Attitudes

1.3 What Is My Genius?

Discussion 4: Self-Awareness
Lessons Learned

Lesson 3 - Accelerating the Message that Everyone Matters
3.1 Secure Student’s Hearts
• The Influence of Educators
• Greet Students & Commend Contribution
• People Know They Matter When…
• Show People They Matter
Discussion 8: Have You Encouraged and Challenged Students
3.2 The Power of Noticing

3.3 Words Matter
• A Few Words Can Change a Life
• Watch: Angela Maiers - “A Knock At My Door”
• Watch: Brett Favre - “I Never Forgot that Statement”
• People Are Listening and They Do Remember
• Saying Thank You
• Telling Your Story
Discussion 9: Your Words in the Classroom
3.4 Listening Loudly
3.5 Seeing Clearly
Discussion 10: Listening and Seeing
Lessons Learned

Lesson 4: Acting Through Collective Genius

4.1 How to Collaborate Effectively
• Facilitating Collaboration
• Negotiation
• Using Our Genius to Solve Problems
Discussion 11: Collaboration in the Classroom
4.2 What Matters Most to You and Why?
Discussion 12: Share “What Matters Most to You”
4.3 Turning Heartbreak into Breakthroughs
• How to Achieve a Breakthrough
• Connecting with and Learning from Mentors
• Learning from Experts
4.4 Can You Really Change the World?

• What does this mean to you?
• Students Who Have Impacted the World
4.5 Putting It All Together
4.6 Sharing Our Genius With the World
Discussion 13: Teaching Genius
Closing Thoughts
Exit Survey

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