Educational Institutions

Lesson One Foundation Inc

  • Boston, MA
  • WWW.LESSONONE.ORG

Mission Statement

The Lesson One mission is to help children and adults take control of their lives and provide a culture-change in schools, homes and neighborhoods. We aim to teach children fundamental social and emotional skills such as self-control, resliency, self-confidence, responsibility, critical thinking, problem solving and cooperation in the same sequential and straightforward way that the alphabet and numbers are taught so they can survive and succeed socially and academically.

Main Programs

  1. Lesson One: The ABCs of Life
Service Areas

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National

While Lesson One has been fortunate to work with communities around the country, we never want to forget about those in our own backyard. With youth violence being so prevalent in Boston's neighborhoods, Lesson One has made it a priority to work with Boston's most vulnerable - its young children.

ruling year

1980

Principal Officer since 1976

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Mr. Jon Oliver

Keywords

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ABCs of Life, social emotional learning, violence prevention, character education

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Also Known As

Lesson One Company

EIN

04-2656636

 Number

3368185018

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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1. Lesson One presented a workshop at Temple University with Bill Cosby for educators and future teachers focusing on the trials and tribulations of urban education. 2. Our book, "Lesson One: The ABCs of Life" by Simon & Schuster went into it's fifth printing. 3. Our intervention expanded to six schools in California and is now being used by schools in Canada. 4. The Lesson One intervention is slated to be on the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration's website listing evidence-based programs.

Programs

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Program 1

Lesson One: The ABCs of Life

Lesson One's main intervention involves direct-service modeling in schools. Lesson One consultants can walk into any school for the first time on a Monday, and during the course of one week, help create an exciting transformation in the school culture. We work to provide classroom modeling in every school classroom in order to share the Lesson One with all teachers and students. Through research and experience, we have discovered that working on-site with students and teachers is the most successful way of implementing the intervention into the school culture. By ""modeling"" the strategies and methods, participants can see how to implement Lesson One first-hand. In order to achieve this, Lesson One provides a comprehensive residency to ensure the intervention is thoroughly presented to both students and staff.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

7,500/week

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

While Lesson One has been fortunate to work with communities around the country, we never want to forget about those in our own backyard. With youth violence being so prevalent in Boston's neighborhoods, Lesson One has made it a priority to work with Boston's most vulnerable - its young children.

Funding Needs

While we have worked in schools and communities in Boston, in Massachusetts and nationally we have only been able to do so through word of mouth and sporadic media attention. We often think of ourselves as the best kept secret in education. Therefore, one of our most pressing needs is to receive help in marketing and public relations to bring our intervention to more schools and communities. In addition, we are currently working with several schools and communities that want to initiate Lesson One but who lack the funds to do so. We lack the financial and personnel resources for a comprehensive fundraising campaign that will help fulfill the many requests for our intervention.

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LESSON ONE FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Lesson One Foundation Inc

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Principal Officer

Mr. Jon Oliver

BIO

Jon Oliver is Lesson One's founder.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" Lesson One's intervention is groundbreaking in that it doesn't just teach skills—it defines them, simply and clearly, and then teaches them sequentially. Lesson One works with children, teachers, staff, parents and guardians, to create an environment where children learn to integrate skills from self-control to cooperation into their lives. What Lesson One teaches is as critical to life as learning the ABCs and the 123s. These are skills children need for the rest of their lives, yet they often don't even understand what these skills are. Expecting children to exercise self-control and take responsibility for their own actions without having these basic life skills is like asking them for a book report if they do not know how to read, or what two plus two is if they have never been taught to count. The Lesson One skills are vital—every child deserves a chance to learn and internalize them. The future of our children and our culture depends on it."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jon Oliver

Executive Director

Term: Sept 1986 -

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