SPIRIT SERIES is designed as an immersive, 15-hour literacy and values in-school adventure. Unlike other arts-related curricula, the SERIES is best delivered in 15 consecutive school days–one hour per classroom, per day, This intensive approach creates optimal conditions for full student engagement.


“There is not a single student in my class who did not cheer when I announced that SPIRIT SERIES would soon begin!”

— Jessica McFerren 5th Grade Teacher, Mar Vista Elementary

Program participants must study, co-write, stage, and perform an inspiring one-act biographical play for family, teachers, and peers in just 15 hours, over the course of three short weeks. The stakes are high. The demands are extreme. The material is rigorous, often several grades above student reading levels. Every step is a challenge. And yet, time and time again, these challenges are met–fulfilling the SERIES promise: to teach wisdom as well as knowledge, and build character as well as academic skills.



“Most importantly, thanks to SPIRIT SERIES, our students have begun to engage in a conversation about what it means to live a good and meaningful life.”

— Jessica Lider & Meghan McGoldrick, Academy Two Teachers, Frederick Pilot MS


Buddha Walks

Freedom Train

Seeking Socrates

The Conquistador's Wife

Ballad of Sitting Bull

Galileo's Crime

  • “Exquisite…  Vitally important…  Extremely engaging and effective.”
    Harvard Graduate School of Education2011
  • “The process was great! Working with my Writing Buddy really helped.”
    — Keiran Rao10th Grade, San Francisco CA
  • It's time we tend to the spirit of our children!
    Sonia MillerPrincipal, Samuel Gompers Middle School
  • This program should be in every school across America!
    William Donovan6th Grade Parent
  • “As educators, we are fueled by those small but powerful moments when a student steps out of their comfort zone and stretches their thinking. Thank you Spirit Series!”
    — Michele KenistonPrincipal, Berwick ME
  • “It changed my life — Spirit Series!”
    Dominika Peikos7th Grade
  • It was an honor doing Spirit Series — I will remember it for the rest of my life!
    Maria Aguilar8th Grade