… Life isn’t always sunny, and we spend a lot of energy wishing the storm clouds away, instead of properly protecting ourselves from the rain




Wellbeing is a skill, in fact we now recognize it is a collection of skills that can be taught to children and adults alike. It isn’t just autonomy, grit or mindfulness, each skill forms a piece of an umbrella of wellbeing that protects us from the rain of life, helps us find meaning in our experiences, and is highly predictive of future success. The umbrella skills are inspirational and identifying them in action is a powerful tool in teaching children how to use them.

The Umbrella Project is an interactive, inquiry-based project teaching the skills of emotional wellbeing. Through classroom lessons and observation of the world around them, students will learn real life applications of each umbrella skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. The umbrella project highlights the synergy between all of the aforementioned skills, which creates the strongest umbrella of wellbeing. By semester end, the students will create a bank of powerful and inspiring stories of emotional wellbeing that they can reflect on for years to come.


 Some of the most profound moments in my medical practice happen when my patients experience a shift in the paradigm through which they are seeing the world and true healing and change can begin for them. Participating in this journey is as remarkable and life changing for me as it is for my patients. At the top of the oath that hangs in my office is “Doctor as teacher” and as I work with schools I realize the parallels between these jobs are remarkable. What fuels the passion in our jobs is the impact we have on the life of another. The Umbrella Project provides teachers with tools to have conversations that can deeply impact the lives of the students they have dedicate their professions to.

– Dr. Jen

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Teach your students how to weather life's storms with this intro lesson plan



“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” Abraham Lincoln


“Find out who you are and do it on purpose” – Dolly Parton


“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become” – Author unknown

Cognitive Flexibility

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” – Albert Einstein


“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have” – Frederick Keonig


“The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching” – Anson Dorrance

Growth Mindset

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” – Thomas Edison

Intrinsic Motivation

“The only way to do great work is to do what you love” – Steve Jobs


“Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different from the way they are” – Allan Lokos


“Someone is inevitably going to dislike you. As long as that person isn’t yourself, you are good” – Michelle Elman


“Treat everyone with kindness, even those who are rude to you,                    not because they are nice, but because you are” – Author Unknown


“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right” – Henry Ford


“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why” – Mark Twain


“They tried to bury me, but didn’t know that I’m a seed” – Mexican proverb