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TED Talk of the Week: Every Kid Needs a Champion

Presented by Rita Pierson. Watch the TED Talk HERE.

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

This video shows the power of connection and relationships that can be built through tutoring.

Questions for Reflection:

What message would you like to share with the students you worked with in service (share in an email or video).

Who has been a champion in your life?

Share a story of a connection you made in service.

Share a story of a connection you had as a student.

Stay connected with us. Pick a question (or two!) and drop your answer in the comment section or email your reflection to


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