Challenge Ed

Challenge Education


A Social Skills Program

Brought to you by: Portage Township School and Porter County Educational Services

What is Challenge Education?

This all-grade affective program is about people learning to work together in a variety of structured settings.  It is a reality-based multi-stage curriculum made up of sequential group exercises that address issues like leadership, communication, planning, problem-solving, collaboration, productivity, conflict resolution and trust. 

Challenge Ed is a continuous classroom process that is augmented through experiences on team building courses throughout the district.  Students learn how their comments and actions affect everyday life.  The focus is on the group process and solutions while using the activity to generate awareness and class discussion.  The whole child, affective and academic, is our concern.  This resource is a strong social skills building tool available to students of the Portage School System.

Where Does Challenge Education Take Place?

This social skill building program takes place within the very confines of every classroom. Classes are taken through the various stages of group development through the use of hundreds of developmental activities - many of which are developed by our Challenge Education staff.

What Does Challenge Education Do?  

Challenge Education provides a structured setting where each student may explore a variety of behaviors and consequences as the group pursues the objective.  For example, if you want to replace an angry response by a student, it is important to have that person familiar with alternative behaviors that can be used effectively.  Behavior is learned – you have to give the student a chance to learn something new.