About PowerPlay


At PowerPlay Strategies, we are committed to making learning fun. Our hands-on approach empowers young people to step out of their comfort zones, try new things, experiment and improvise.

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Components of Engagement

We engage students in learning by:

  • Appealing to their interests.
  • Communicating at their level of understanding.
  • Using fun and interactive techniques.
  • Empowering them to be decision makers.
  • Encouraging them to make mistakes.
  • Challenging them to create their own solutions.

Our Learning Approach

We use a four-step process to empower students to take charge of their learning and put their best efforts into a project that is real and relevant to their lives. With PowerPlay, it is intended that young people guide the process and adults stand by to observe, reassure and provide assistance when needed. 

Challenge

Exciting real-world challenges spark curiosity, capture imaginations and make students want to flex their creative muscles in pursuit of their goals. 

Plan

Whether working individually or in groups, young people set goals, identify tools they will need and lay out a step-by-step path to reach their own targets.

Action

Youth take risks, experiment, express themselves and stretch their capacities as they implement their plans in a supportive learning environment. 

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Reflection

Students reflect on and consider what they have learned. They celebrate their accomplishments and develop success strategies for school and other areas of life. 


21st Century Skills

PowerPlay helps young people develop practical life skills and an entrepreneurial mindset that are critical in the 21st Century. Related competencies include:

  • Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communications
  •  Collaboration and Teamwork
  •  Creativity and Innovation
  •  Organization and Planning

Perhaps the greatest value is that students discover their abilities to be successful and develop positive beliefs that can support them in all areas of life. 

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Bill Roche founded PowerPlay Strategies in 1999 because he saw the need to empower young people from an early age to start their own businesses, manage money and contribute to their communities. His dynamic learning model inspires young people to stretch their abilities, challenge themselves and explore new frontiers.

 

Bill develops tools and resources to support parents and teachers in facilitating the learning process. He also presents his teaching and coaching strategies at a variety of educator conferences. Past events include the ASCD and the NAGC Annual Conventions. 

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Bill specializes in creating curriculum-based resources for the classroom and highly engaging tools the home. 

With an energetic and entertaining style, Bill captivates and inspires audience with real-life success stories and case studies.

Bill works with community-focused individuals and organizations to create partnerships that have significant impact.