Creating a New Learning Environment
Unlimited Potential came about within the context of broader local and national efforts to improve education. SOme of these efforts included the implementation of new pedagogical approaches that challenged traditional notions of what learning should look like. Unlimited Potential aimed to bring creativity into learning through a curriculum that integrated art, music, and theater. The programs and coursework that Unlimited Potential created were designed help students and teachers thrive in academic settings and contribute to their social-emotional learning.
The communities that Unlimited Potential worked with were highly impoverished, and many students lacked emotional and academic support in their everyday life. Furthermore, schools had highly limited funding to support their students' diverse needs.
The activities that the team created did not shy away from acknowledging students' academic and domestic struggles and often incorporated students' feelings and anxieties about life and school. The team worked to create a curriculum that would not simply boost students' test scores, but act as a community support system to nurture student success in all aspects of life.