Model Program

Learning Through Sports

1 Mt Laurel Ave Suite 210
Birmingham, AL 35242

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Contact Information:
Brian M. Shulman
Founder and CEO

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School


School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


Learning Through Sports is a language and math based learning system that utilizes the premises of getting students actively involved, providing practice in academic skills, leveling practice to provide for individual differences, giving immediate feedback to responses by rewarding correct responses, and providing explanations and answers to incorrect responses, in a realistic sports oriented context. Although students work individually at computers, there is a sense of camaraderie as they interact with the program and each other. The web-based Kid's College program combines state-standard curriculum, favorite college teams and interactive sports games into one program to engage and motivate all students. It especially targets those students who are typically hard to reach. The content was created so that each item in the Kid's College program directly matches the appropriate academic content and achievement standards for each state. Items were reviewed by an independent panel of experts in math, language arts and instructional technology for content validity, fairness, educational appropriateness, congruence with state and national standards, ease of use, technical quality, and documentation and support.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Alternative Education, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 2001
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Program promotes the following:


  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $25,000 - $100,000.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Computer/Internet Based


Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information: