Competency-based learning that engages, without working weekends

Build your students' competence and connections by letting them follow personal pathways in pursuit of their dreams

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How We Help

Show teens the why behind what they're learning

Competency-based pathways

Make learning personal

Weave together interdisciplinary learning progressions for skills from standardized test focus areas, state standards, SEL, and more.

Goal setting and tracking

Make learning relevant

Let students set college and career aspirations. We link their aspirations to competency-based learning progressions.

Community-connected projects

Make learning real

Pair students with community partners to tackle real-world problems with in-class projects mapped to your target competencies.

Teacher Support

Make teachers feel like they have superpowers

Template and exemplar banks

No starting from scratch

Teachers build off pre-filled, customizable competency maps and assessment rubrics that explain why they're strong examples.

Integrations with the tools you already use

No new apps

We work behind-the-scenes through G Suite, Google Classroom, and more. Teachers only need to know how to edit a word doc.

Personal coaching

No going it alone

We walk teachers through bite-sized activities that both develop their skills and help them plan and deliver their CBL courses and units.

Case Studies

Engage students to prepare them for college and careers

60% higher

passing rate

At an urban public school in Chicago, where passing Algebra I is required for graduation, 113 of 151 students earned Ds or higher in an Algebra I course based on Sidekick projects, up from 75 the year before.

5x

engagement

At a public school in an rural, agricultural community in Indiana, a pre-/post-test on student engagement found the average engagement score for students in classes using Sidekick had increased 5 times, all but eliminating student disengagement.

Testimonials

What Others Say

This project has helped me discover a love for non-profit work. Superheroes help everyone, despite their differences, without expecting anything in return. Non-profit workers are superheroes, or at least they should be. I'm going to explore the non-profit world more and consider it as a potential career path.

Michael, JuniorIndianapolis, IN

I have some of my lowest performers in my first period, and I saw them care more about doing the work than I've seen all year.

Bill, Algebra I TeacherChicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL

I am so thankful for all you've done and are doing for my kids. I can't really believe this is real and I am waiting for someone to "pinch me" because the more I get into the project, the more I feel it's too good to be true.

Brittany, English & History TeacherNew Palestine High School, Indianapolis, IN

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What's Inside

Partner Entry Event
Authentic content and summary of the project from the professional partnering with your students
Project Plan
Customizable, differentiated tasks and project schedule
Performance Assessments
Detailed, concrete starter rubrics to help teachers turn real-world work products into evidence of learning
Student Products
Actual work from students for the walkthrough's example project
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