“The Captains & Poets program is a great way to address the social/emotional learning of young people. It is easy to implement, flexible, and students will really enjoy the activities.”
Teacher - Grade 11
"The Captains & Poets program acts as a formalized platform for integrating SEL in the classroom with a consistent approach across classrooms. It provides a common language for kids and they recognize is is something they all go through. It is a great way to address the social/emotional learning of young people. It is easy to implement, flexible, and students will really enjoy the activities. This was a blessing and really worked out well at the end of a tough year as it kept students engaged."
Teacher - Grade 8
"I really enjoyed the program...Themes of identity and equity and humanity and how to treat others arose. The program provides a lens for advocacy and agency around how we respond to things going on in the world right now."
Teacher - Grade 7
“Working with Captains & Poets was awesome! They were adaptable to our needs and priorities as a school and offered a deeply engaging leadership program for our students. We knew after the first session that this was something special and that we would want to do more work with them in the future. Captains & Poets gave our young adolescents the space to explore who they are and how they want to show up in the world!”
“Captains & Poets provides a blueprint for social connection. Children learn to contribute to a group and feel positive about the way they co-exist with others.”
"Captains & Poets focuses deeply on self-awareness AND social awareness using language accessible to all students Grades K - 12! They support educators with insightful, engaging and relevant lessons that help educators model and grow all five of CASEL's competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making). By offering a simple language for students to explore who they are and inform how they are showing up in the classroom, students are able to connect thoughts and feelings with actions and to deepen their relationship with themselves and others."
Dr. Krista Leh - Founder
“Captains & Poets will really help kids, not only talk about their feelings with others but put a name to the feelings that they have inside.”
Public School Librarian – Nebraska
“I loved seeing the light in my student’s eyes when he recognized that his Captain could help his Poet and pointed to his heart.”
Teacher - Grade 7
“Captains & Poets was transformative and will have a life-changing, lasting impact on the well-being of my class of students living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
Teacher - Intensive Support Program
"Captains & Poets is an excellent until promoting inclusion and a positive school climate. It engaged my Grade 7's with multimedia and thought-provoking activities. Activities connect well with Health and Language curriculum and assessments."
Teacher - Grade 7
"At Nugent, we have been focussing on enhancing our equality, diversity and inclusivity and this programme from Captains & Poets will further enrich our students, giving them the space and tools to thrive as they navigate their futures. We are very excited to be collaborating with Captains & Poets."
Normandie Wragg, CEO
"The Captains & Poets curriculum requires learners to bring their whole, authentic selves to the classroom and community. This means examining their identities and how they show up for themselves and others. Through this critical reflection, the curriculum promotes inclusion for all."
Sheliza Jamal - Executive Director
“The brilliance of Captains & Poets was their ability to tailor the workshops to our school leadership and character development programming as well as students’ individual leadership journeys. Whether experienced leaders or novices, students found it valuable and were able to seamlessly make connections to their own experiences. The facilitators were experts in insuring all voices were heard and leading our students to new understandings in wholly natural and stress-free conversations. Students were empowered to reimagine and expand their leadership potential by balancing the Captain and the Poet in an authentic way. The workshops met the pent-up need and demand for meaningful leadership training and will inform our own framework going forward. “
James Darling – OCT, M.Ed., Director of Character and Leadership Development
“Captains & Poets helped my students realize we all have the potential to be the best version of ourselves by focusing on progress and not perfection on the learning journey.”