Evan was provided with opportunities to collaborate with peers and share and deepen his background knowledge through our theme based approach. Over time he took on leadership roles within the classroom, which challenged his comfort zone. Emerson was provided with opportunities to share her background knowledge with her peers, compelling her to deepen her understanding of topics in order to fully explain them so others could understand as well. Both students embraced learning, shined in leadership roles, and learned how to work well as a team. These are skills that transcend to the classroom and ensure students have the skills to be college and career ready.