Above and Beyond

OVERVIEW: This page is dedicated to highlighting SOME of the MANY things the Top 20 team is doing to spread the wisdom of Top 20 Training in ways that are ABOVE and BEYOND what you might expect. Much of us this is driven by people coming to Paul, Willow, Tom, and Kevin and saying things like, “could you train our whole town,” or “in addition to our all of teachers, the coaches would like to be trained” or “shouldn’t we just start our own Top 20 School?” Read below to learn more about how these ideas are now a reality.

Becoming a Top 20 School
A Top 20 school is intentionally implementing Top 20 principles and practices in order to fulfill the mission of a Top 20 School: to create a safe and healthy culture for all members of the school community where they develop their potential to think, learn and communicate more effectively in order to make a positive difference in their lives, relationships and experiences for others and themselves.

The mission of a Top 20 School is to help students, parents and staff become more aware of the power they possess within themselves to more often be the best version of their selves individually and as a community. All members of a Top 20 School know and are committed to achieving this mission. Although this mission may never be perfectly attained, it is always intentionally sought. Members of the school enjoy and celebrate growth towards this mission’s fulfillment and correct thoughts, beliefs and practices that are roadblocks to its achievement.

Let’s Train a Whole Community! – The Fairmont Project
Since 2012, Top 20 has partnered with the community of Fairmont in southwestern Minnesota. Led by Police Chief Greg Brolsma, the Chamber of Commerce, and business leaders, and school leaders, the Fairmont Project has resulted in several training sessions for students, parents, teachers, employees, senior citizens, religious leaders and coaches. Over 100 Fairmont residents, identified as Champions, continually promote Top 20 principles and practices throughout the community. Some of these efforts have included a Top 20 parent support group, regular newspaper articles, programs on local TV, and a Top 20 float in the annual summer festival parade. The Fairmont Project is being extended throughout Martin County in 2015.

Let’s Train the Coaches too! – Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL)
In an effort to support education-based co-curricular activities experienced by high school students, Top 20 has partnered with the MSHSL to provide training and materials for young athletes, coaches, parents and athletic directors. High School League executive director Jody Redman has teamed with Top 20’s Tom Cody to create and deliver curriculum aimed at identifying the real purpose behind high school athletics: the human development of young people. All Minnesota high school coaches are now required to participate in some training (live or on-line) that includes Top 20 principles and practices.