Wednesday, April 10th, 2024
4:00pm PT | 7:00pm ET

Join Student Advisory Council Members and Director of Programs Kimberly Cawkwell to learn about the Challenge Success Student Advisory Council. Hear from current council members and how they’ve influenced positive change in schools. From blogs to podcasts, learn about their projects on elevating student voice, and their impact on student mental health, belonging, and engagement in learning. With opportunities to engage with current council members during a Q&A, find out more about the application for the 2024-2025 Student Advisory Council, and what it means to be a member!

A recording of the event will be sent to all registrants on April 11th.

Interested in joing the Council for the 2024-25 school year? Apply Here!

Who should attend

Students and Educators


Virtual / Online


Free Event

Meet The Speakers

Logan C.

Logan is a current junior at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles and is passionate about all things education, women empowerment, and student well-being. Whether it’s tutoring younger students at a Kumon Math and Reading Center, founding a girl power-themed event series for elementary school girls, or assisting classes at her dance studio, she has always enjoyed mentoring students and being a role model. In addition, she loves learning about business, specifically marketing, and spent a year participating in a women-in-business program with Women Founders’ Foundation before being asked to lead their social media, including content creation and graphic design. At school, she is on the dance team and has been in numerous school musicals, as well as being in the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. In her free time, she loves reading too many rom-coms at once, trying (and often failing) to make new Pinterest recipes, cheering for the 16-seeds in March Madness, and updating her Spotify playlists way too often.

Brynne O.

Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Brynne is a high school sophomore at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, where she is a Batten Scholar. She is a member of her school’s rowing and swimming teams, as well as a member of the Campus Activities Board and Model UN. Brynne is a board member for Writer’s Without Margins, a nonprofit that aims to bring poetry skills to individuals experiencing hardship and incarceration. A lover of writing, she blogs for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s You Matter Blog, and has recently participated in the University of Iowa’s Between the Lines writing intensive. Her pieces have been published in the Boston Globe and Ms. Magazine. In her free time, Brynne enjoys traveling, cooking, hanging out with friends, and watching a good movie.

Janey S.

Janey is a senior, at the Morris County School of Technology, with a career interest in Secondary Spanish Education. She is passionate about helping students find their voice in the classroom and increasing student engagement levels. Students are at the forefront of creating a whole new world; our job is to give them the best tools to create their own path to success. She was once told, “Change starts with a conversation” and with the help of Challenge Success and the Student Advisory Council change in the academic field is possible. Janey’s other interests include traveling, cooking, and living life to its fullest. 

Katie H.

Katherine (Katie) attends the Chapin School in New York City, Class of 2025. Katie is passionate about being involved in her school community, where she has a deep-rooted commitment to fostering a safe, engaging space for the discovery of authentic diverse voices, both academically and socially, whether it is serving in her school’s student government since 8th grade, to informally checking in with her peers. Believing that education is an equalizer, she enjoys serving as a Teaching Fellow with the Summer STEPS kindergarten readiness program, building upon her experiences gained from tutoring with Reading Partners. She seeks to look past the dominant voices in history to unearth the quieter, often overlooked voices, illuminating their contributions to humanity. Her passion for history scholarship has led her to intern at New York museums, engage in research projects, and establish her school’s History Club. As a nationally ranked triathlete and varsity athlete, she believes in the benefits of physical activity to maintain her holistic well-being.

Kimberly Tsai Cawkwell

A first-generation Taiwanese American, mother, educator, and creative, Kimberly Tsai Cawkwell has served over thirteen years in the education ecosystem. As the Director of Programs at Challenge Success, Kimberly is honored to be in community with others to advocate for equitable systems and practices that nurture wellbeing, belonging and engagement for all. In addition to her work at Challenge Success, Kimberly currently serves as an Educational Advisor at the High Tech High (HTH) Graduate School of Education; supporting M.Ed students in developing culturally sustaining/responsive pedagogy in their school spaces. 

Growing up as a multilingual learner in a semi-isolated motel next to a busy New Orleans expressway, living through the duality of American and Taiwanese cultures, and experiencing teaching and learning in variety of settings around the globe, Kimberly has developed a unique lens for culturally responsive environments and an insatiable desire to center student voices in classrooms. Through the opportunities to learn from students in her own classrooms to students from diverse corners of our globe, Kimberly believes deeply in student-driven transformative learning that sparks a common love and joy to seek knowledge. As she continues to support systemic change that lifts up student voices and honors the passions and identities of all students, Kim is grateful for the invaluable knowledge gained from others, holds humility as a practitioner and mentor for Deeper Learning practices, and is continuously inspired by the beautiful humans who are called to serve youth.

Prior to joining CS, Kim was a founder of two High Tech Elementary (HTe) project-based learning schools, a former coach and design specialist at the University of San Diego, New Tech Network, and Center for Love & Justice.. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Riverside and M.Ed and multiple-subjects credential from the University of California, San Diego. When she’s not designing and facilitating learning, Kim might be found spending quality time with her two daughters, loving spouse, and family in Oceanside, San Gabriel, and Taichung. Her core values are family, joy, and equity.