September 2021 National News

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Stride Innovation Challenge: My Planet, My Neighborhood

Join students across the country in our first ever Innovation Challenge to share your big ideas. Innovation is about creativity, problem-solving, and working together. This year’s theme—My Planet, My Neighborhood—asks students to consider their solutions to today’s environmental issues.

· Open to students in 9th–12th grade

· Students outside of Stride K12-powered schools can also participate

· Work alone, with a partner, or on a team of three

· State, regional, and national winners

· Final stage of the contest at Stride Headquarters

· Prizes from $100 to $1,000 Amazon e-gift cards and more

· Registration open from September 1, 2021 through November 30, 2021

Learn more and submit your proposal for a chance to win!

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Early Decision Virtual College Fair

September 1, 2021 | Anytime between 8am-8pm EST!

Stride K12 and Tallo are inviting all high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to an upcoming virtual college fair. Help your students get a head start on their college applications! Recruiters from schools nationwide will be online to answer questions all day. Use Ping to get matched with the attending schools and discover some new places your students may want to apply.

Visit to get signed up.

BONUS: Students will be entered for a chance at a $1,000 Scholarship from Tallo just for attending!

Stride Serves: National Day of Service

September 11 is designated by Congress as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. This day provides a great opportunity for us to recognize and thank veterans, active duty service men and women, and first responders in our communities.

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Write and send a letter to a first responder, veteran, deployed troop, or new recruit to express your thanks for their service.
  • Letters can be sent to the following organizations (or to someone you know!):
  • Place a small flag in your yard in remembrance of 9/11.
  • What other ideas can you think of to honor the Day of Service?

Be sure to share photos of your activities on your school's Facebook page with the hashtag #StrideServes!

National Learning Coach Community

Join thousands of Learning Coaches in the National Learning Coach Community within the K12 App. This virtual village has been built to help Learning Coaches:

  • Access helpful resources
  • Meet and message other LCs
  • Connect their students with new friends
  • Receive and share advice, ideas and encouragement
  • Join interactive discussions, challenges, community building events and live guest discussion board moderators

Download the K12 app, log in using your Learning Coach credentials and join the National LC Community. #learningcoachlife

Learn more at

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What are the 7 Mindsets?

The 7 Mindsets are based on a three year research effort that began with the simple question: What do the world’s happiest and most successful people have in common? It turns out that the game-changing commonalities of happiness and success are based on how people think. What emerged from the research was a set of seven mental habits foundational to an enriched life. The 7 Mindsets are a comprehensive blueprint for Social Emotional Learning, written in simple, powerful language to teach and activate success strategies for people to live the lives of their dreams.

We'll learn about each of the 7 Mindsets this year and how to apply them to your life. As a starting point, reach each of the 7 Mindsets in the image - which one jumps off the page for you?

National Learning Coach Programming


We are honored you chose a K12-powered school for your student(s)! We strive to provide you with helpful content, resources, and connections to be successful in your important role as a Learning Coach.

Please visit our K12 National Learning Coach Programming Newsletter frequently to view the latest Learning Coach sessions and information.

K12 On Learning Podcast

Each episode can be enjoyed here:

You can also find us and subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and others. Find us on the STRIDE/K12 website! Look for our Podcast Cover, as shown above!

Each podcast has an average download of 100 unique listeners and over 100 re-listens.

Our audience is listening on Google Chrome, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iTunes, and Stitcher, to name just a few. The podcast is now featured on the carousel banner on the website.

Are you listening? Please subscribe today and leave a review. We would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in being featured on the K12 On Learning podcast or know a student, family, or professional you think would make a great guest, please email Heidi Higgins at

Stay Connected on the Go!

Explore K12 on your smartphone or tablet! And stay tuned, we're continually adding new app features.

The K12 app is a great resource for parents and legal guardians, keeping you in the loop starting with your online school search to completing the enrollment process to the last day of the school year and beyond!

With the K12 app, you'll have the power to:

  • Start and complete enrollment
  • Track your student's progress†
  • View your schedule†
  • Log daily attendance†
  • Receive instant notifications
  • Communicate your plans for future school years

The K12 app experience may vary by school. If you have questions, call 866.571.4316 for information.

This feature is only applicable in some schools.