George Lucas Educational Foundation

Chelsea Dale

Founder and President, On Giants' Shoulders

Chelsea Dale is the founder and president of On Giants' Shoulders, a not-for-profit organization which advocates a strategy for repetitively motivating under-performing elementary and middle school students to respect their teachers, peers, schools, and the learning process using 15-minute, once-per-week online chats with academically accomplished high school students who appreciate the value of education. Consistent weekly reinforcement and the power of peer motivation are major components.

There are no costs, fees or charges.

On Giants' Shoulders has been featured on NBC's The Today Show, WOR Radio's The John Gambling Show, presented at a TEDx and listed in the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, the National Service Learning YouthSITE (Sharing Ideas and Tools for Engagement) and

Chelsea was a clinical intern and selective mutism counselor at the Child Mind Institute in NYC, an intern at The Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, and worked with emotionally challenged and abused children at the Henry Ittleson Center for Child Research and Day Treatment.

She is a recent graduate of Colgate University where she was president of Active Minds. and currently is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Website: http://www.OnGiantsShoulders.Org
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  • Student Engagement

    Motivating the Unmotivated

    A group of elementary or middle school students are unruly, disrespectful, and underperforming academically and socially in the classroom. They do not appreciate the value of education. The teacher, despite good intentions and passion, is viewed as an adversarial or irrelevant authority figure. The students are unwilling to participate in tutoring or traditional mentoring programs. So what can be done?