Helping Make Great Things Happen
DifferenceMakers, Ltd was established by The “Original” Mike Smith to actively develop and enthusiastically promote personal responsibility, positive self-awareness and individual power while helping people realize the benefits of strong relationships with their classmates, school community and families through their involvement with leadership skills and co-curricular activities. This website offers many pages devoted to helping you make a difference in your school. You will find products, handouts, speakers, ideas, activities and tools to enhance your program. Welcome to DifferenceMakers… let’s make great things happen!
Let X = Student Activities
The Alliance for Student Activities has created an engaging presentation that pulls together the most current research, dialogue, and thinking about the impact of co-curricular activities on student performance. The evidence is overwhelming and quite compelling. Student Activities are the missing variable in any educational reform equation.
Whatever your desired educational, social, or emotional outcome, student activities are the common denominator that drives student performance. Participation in student activities increases students’ standardized test scores, GPAs, graduation rates, college acceptance rates, and college success rates. It practically eliminates the likelihood that a student will choose to drop out of high school. Student activities develop core social and emotional skills while reducing high-risk behavioral problems, and long term public assistance needs.
Student activities are a bargain, as the average school district spends less than 3% of their overall operating budget to support them. So, whether you are an educator, an administrator, a policy-maker, or a community member, when it comes to student activities – MAKE THE TIME, PROMOTE THE VALUE AND BE A CHAMPION FOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES! To learn more about this campaign, visit LetXequalSA.com.