About Learning for life

Learning for Life is a character education program designed to support schools and community- based organizations in their efforts to prepare youth to successfully handle the complexities of our contemporary society.

Our curriculum prepares students to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. The program uses age-appropriate, grade-specific lesson plans to give youth skills and information that will help them make positive decisions for themselves, their families and their futures.

Learning for Life makes academic learning fun and relevant to real-life situations in age appropriate and grade specific material. As a result, the positive character traits and skills learned by participation in Learning for Life not only make students more confident and capable, but also give them an invaluable understanding of how things work in the real world. Schools will see higher attendance rates and fewer disciplinary actions.

The Learning for Life curriculum focuses on nine character attributes:

Respect

Responsibility

Honesty/Trust

Caring/Fairness

Perseverance

Self-Discipline

Life Skills

Courage

Citizenship

Learning for Life incorporated in 1991 as a nonprofit organization. We have 264 local offices across the country and also serve international education institutions. Since our incorporation, we have served over two million youth who will grow up to be our future leaders.

mission statement

To empower students to build exceptional character and leadership skills by guiding them through an innovative, research-based curriculum that enhances the learning experience and teaches the skills necessary to succeed both academically and throughout their lives.

VISION

To provide engaging and relevant PreK-12 solutions that positively impact academic performance, social & emotional maturity, character development, and career education for all students.

PILLARS

Uplifting Students. Building Character.
Defining Leadership.

Learning for life incorporates real life situations for students to think about and be able to reflect upon as it relates to their own experience in and out of school. The hands on and role playing activities allow our students to be able to apply them to real situations. Our mediation requests have gone down significantly since incorporating these lessons in the classroom I believe partly because students are able to problem solve on their own before they need an adult to intervene.

Audra Pennant , Corr Elementary

We have had the LFL program for many years and it has become part of our curriculum to provide character lessons to our students on a consistent basis. Over the years, teachers have witnessed first-hand the benefits of incorporating character attributes in their daily routine, students feel a better sense of belonging, tend to respect the rules, and get along better with each other thus reducing the incidents of fighting, bullying, and classroom disruptions.

Francesca Lampugnani , Southwood Elementary

Keep it up what you are doing; you never know when you will change someone’s life.

Participant in Learning to Lead , Fifth-Grade Leadership Training and Team Building

National Executive Board

Fred Markham

Chairman

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Mark Wiesenhahn

Vice Chair

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Bray Barnes

Vice Chair of Career Development

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Kevin Ciak

Treasurer

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Tom Whalen

Secretary

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Keith Clark

Legal Liaison

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Bill Grogg

Marketing Chair

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Larry Lewis, PhD

Exploring Committee Chair

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Cecilia Retelle

Program Chair

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Executive Team

Dr. Diane E. Thornton

National Director

diane.thornton@lflmail.org

(972) 580 2420

Tim Anderson

Sr Director of Exploring

Team Lead

tim.anderson@lflmail.org

(972) 580 2483

Brooke Parkinson

Sr Project Manager

Western Region

brooke.parkinson@lflmail.org

(972) 580 2432

Angela Sanchez

Exploring Director

Southern Region

angela.sanchez@lflmail.org

(972) 580 2378

Bill Taylor

Curriculum Program Director

william.taylor@lflmail.org

(972) 580 2241

Susan Fitzhugh

Sr Administrative Assistant

susan.fitzhugh@lflmail.org

(972) 580 2433

Chad Srader

Exploring Director

Northeast Region

chad.srader@lflmail.org

(972) 580 2286

Anissa Hicks

Project Coordinator

anissa.hicks@lflmail.org

(972) 580 2418

Vacant

Exploring Director

Central Region

(972) 580 7858

FAQ’s

Is Learning for Life a nonprofit organization?

Yes. Learning for Life is a registered 501©3 recognized by the IRS.

How much does Learning for Life cost?

Pricing for each of our products and services differs based on whether a local or national Learning for Life office supports your program.

Does Exploring have anything to do with Learning for Life?

Yes! Exploring is an interactive career education program for 10-20 year olds. Learn more at www.exploring.org

Can I get a free trial?

Only for our digital curriculum. Click here to sign up for a two-week trial.

What if there is not a local office in my area?

The National Learning for Life office will support you in the delivery of your Learning for Life programs.

Will a Learning for Life representative come to my campus to facilitate a staff training?

Yes, our local Learning for Life representatives are on hand to deliver trainings for your staff in person. If not, give us a call at the national office and we’ll see what can do to help.

Is the program aligned with state and national education standards?

Yes. The Learning for Life PreK-12 curriculum is aligned to academic standards and expectations in all 50 states. See standards alignment.

Are the lesson plans easy to follow, even for novice teachers?

Yes. Learning for Life makes academic learning fun and relevant to real-life situations in age appropriate and grade specific material that is easy to follow.

Is the program research-based?

Yes. See program research.

What kind of assistance can I expect with my order?

Learning for Life professionals are available to assist you by phone, email, webinar and in many cases in person.

Do the lesson plans have to be taught in a single classroom session?

No. The lessons are designed to be either supplemental to your primary plan or taught in one 45 minute classroom session.