Galileo's Crime: For Families

The Quest for Knowledge & the Holy Inquisition




Dear Parents and Families,

Imagine: gazing at the heavens through the first telescope, with Galileo at your side, as he risks his liberty and his life to change the way we see our world. Thanks to support from your school as well as generous assistance from foundations, corporate sponsors and many private donors, your student has embarked, or will soon, on an amazing three-week learning adventure. For one hour each day, she/he will immerse themselves in a world far beyond the classroom—studying, co-writing, staging and performing an inspirational one-act SPIRIT SERIES play:

Galileo’s Crime

In journal entries, they will explore tenets of Science and Faith: Acceptance, Discernment, Curiosity and Commitment. One of these four attributes will also be the focus of your student’s At Home project. And we encourage you to join in! The At Home journey begins below, with heartfelt personal stories from friends of our program that celebrate these important character traits. Designed to engage and challenge, the At Home project, along with the entire SPIRIT SERIES curriculum, promotes literacy, higher-order thinking, positive core values, presentation skills, teamwork, character and self-esteem.

Follow the SERIES action on your school’s special webpage:

The success of this curriculum depends on your engagement and support. In the next three weeks, your student may bring home written assignments, journals, and a craft project. If so, please assist her/him in completing these important tasks. You may also wish to read the play, available on this website, and discuss together the key message of Galileo’s life. This drama-based transformative experience promises to be of lasting significance to your student. Thank you for your active participation.

Hope to see you at the show!



  • It was an honor doing Spirit Series — I will remember it for the rest of my life!
    Maria Aguilar8th Grade
  • Spirit Series is one of the most amazing curricula I have seen in my four decades of public education.
    Janet ChapmanPrincipal, Rosewood Elementary School
  • It's time we tend to the spirit of our children!
    Sonia MillerPrincipal, Samuel Gompers Middle School
  • “It changed my life — Spirit Series!”
    Dominika Peikos7th Grade
  • In nearly 30 years of teaching, I have never experienced any program with such long-reaching effects as Spirit Series.
    Robin Winston4th Grade Teacher
  • “Their stories made me cry! These kids said amazing things and just blew me away.”
    — Marne TrevesLAUSD Teacher, Los Angeles CA

Learn with your student

Learn about us

Galileo Galilei We cannot teach people anything;
we can only help them
discover it within themselves.
— Galileo Galilei
Albert Einstein Only a life lived for others
is a life worthwhile.
— Albert Einstein
Galileo Galilei The authority of a thousand
is not worth the humble reasoning
of a single individual.
— Galileo Galilei
Issac Newton We build too many walls
and not enough bridges.
— Issac Newton
Galileo Galilei It moves!
— Galileo Galilei