Donor Spotlight

Read how The Addy Foundation has fortified efforts to add our Changemakers curriculum into more classrooms!

By Momentous Institute | Nov 30, 2021
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You never know when a simple introduction will lead to the most inspiring partnership. Such was the case when Ben Leal, the then new executive director for The Addy Foundation, was invited to Momentous Institute’s virtual Cocktails & Conversations event in Fall 2020. That introduction led to exciting discussions about priorities and eventually a $125,000 gift to support teacher training and coaching around the dissemination of our new Changemakers curriculum. 

 “The Addy Foundation is proud to partner with Momentous Institute, a known leader in social emotional learning, to scale up their proven and innovative Changemakers curriculum,” said Leal. “Momentous Institute's data-centric solutions to SEL will drive lasting impact in North Texas communities and beyond and aligns perfectly with The Addy Foundation's mission.” 

Momentous Institute developed the comprehensive, trauma-informed Changemakers: A Social Emotional Learning Curriculum for grades pre-kindergarten 3 to fifth grade. In 2020, the curriculum was awarded full accreditation by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as CASEL SELect, the highest accreditation rating. It is one of only 40 curricula with such designation in the country, and the only one in Texas. 

During 2021, 174 Changemakers curriculum boxes were sold to schools across Texas, Arizona, California and even Zambia – impacting more than 4,000 children in the first year of distribution.  

Looking ahead, we hope to double the number of classrooms across the country using the curriculum in 2022.