CHALLENGE SUCCESS 2016-2017 School Year


In June of 2014, the Dover-Sherborn Regional Schools launched the Challenge Success Initiative for grades K-12.  The Initiative was undertaken based on recommendations from the DS Regional School Improvement Plan and the School Council Surveys, both sources identifying student stress and anxiety as a priority issue to be addressed. The Challenge Success program is based out of Stanford University’s School of Education and has worked with more than 100 schools nationwide over the past decade. Dover-Sherborn was the first school to launch Challenge Success on the East Coast, although this year several more Boston area schools have come on board. The primary goal of Challenge Success is to help students and the larger DS community create better balance in their lives by:

(1) reducing unhealthy pressures and demands

(2) promoting a broader definition of “success”

(3) building resilience among our students

The program accomplishes these outcomes by implementing proven strategies for effective change, drawing from research data as well as best practices from other schools. We have been very fortunate to receive generous funding support from DSEF as well as a private donation each year.  As part of its third year of implementation at Dover-Sherborn, Challenge Success will be conducting a comprehensive Stanford survey of students as a follow up to the initial survey done in June 2014.

Challenge Success Priority Areas for 2016-17


  • EvaluatingAssessments/ Project-Based Learning´éč
  • Incorporating Student Voices
  • Building Resilience
  • Exploring Impact of Screen Time/ Social Media/ Technology


  • Assessing Homework Practices
  • Balancing Youth Sports/Extracurricular Activities´éč
  • Offering Mindfulness Training
  • Managing Stress of College Admissions

Sampling of CS Program Highlights


  • Dr. Denise Pope Presentations: The Well-Balanced Child and The Well-Balanced Family: Defining Success & Navigating a Healthy College Admissions Process
  • Jessica Lahey Presentation: The Gift of Failure
  • Panel Discussion on Finding Balance in Youth Sports
  • Teacher-Parent Forums with Theme of Achieving Balance
  • Changes to Scheduling of DSHS Mid-Year Exams
  • Homework-Free Weekends
  • Faculty Assessment of Homework—Quality & Quantity
  • Mindfulness Training for Faculty/ Staff
  • Modifications to Schedules for Sports/ Extracurricular Activities
  • Open Art Studio at Middle School
  • Mindfulness Activities offered during Lunch/ After School
  • CS Book Discussion Groups for All Schools   
  • Formation of CS Student Advisory Group
  • Screening of the Documentary “Screenagers”  for DS Community

UPCOMING EVENTS for DS Challenge Success

  • Follow Up Discussion Groups Addressing the Topic of Student Screen Time and the Impact of Technology/ Social Media
    • Elementary (Pine Hill and Chickering), January 10th, 2017
    • DSMS/DSHS: “Media Usage by Students: Facts, Suggestions, and Strategies”, January 11th, 2017
  • Presentation by Dr. Robert Brooks, Author of Raising Resilient Children, on “Raising Resilient Children K-12”, January 26th, 2017
  • Presentation by Katie Greer on Internet/ Technology Safety (sponsored by DSEF), February 13, 2017


For more information about Challenge Success or if you would like to be involved, please contact:
Pam Kading Webb, CS Team Parent Coordinator (


The Dover Sherborn Public Schools do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

  • Dover-Sherborn Public Schools
  • 157 Farm Street, Dover, MA 02030
  • Phone (508) 785-0036
  • Fax (508) 785-2239
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