Create an inspiring school culture

Schools should be safe and free from bullying. But they should also be so much more. We’ve developed a culture improvement program that goes beyond conventional SEL initiatives, one that helps your middle or secondary school build character and fully embrace values like respect, creativity, effort and inclusiveness.


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“I used to be afraid to go to school. Now I like school. The big kids look out for me. It’s like a family.”

—5th Grader

“It’s a game changer. Every kid that walks in our building, every single day, is just excited to be here.”

—Justin Newkam | Assistant Principal

“Students learn what it really means to push beyond their comfort zone and to give their personal best.”

—Robert Hassinger | Superintendent

“I saw students feeling safer, more willing and more excited about coming to school.”

—Jared Shade | Superintendent

Malcolm Gauld

We believe character matters most

Malcolm Gauld

Executive Director, The Hyde Institute
EdM – Harvard University | B.A. – Bowdoin College

As a second-generation educator with 45+ years experience, I cannot recall a time when people were not talking about educational reform. What’s the hold-up? We care more about what our students can do than about who they are, and they know it. The solution lies in a change in priorities: Let us value attitude over aptitude, effort over ability, and character over talent. Developed over 50 years at public, private, and charter schools throughout the country, the Hyde Discovery Process helps schools establish inspiring school cultures that can enhance academic learning and prepare young people for successful lives of purpose.

Every school has a culture. Is yours by design or default?

Having a character curriculum is just as important as having an academic curriculum. Our CASEL aligned program offers teachers exercises and lessons to help students envision and pursue the best version of themselves.

Discovery Group

Discovery Group

Daily, mixed-age “homeroom” to participate in character-building activities

Training Program

Training Program

Two-day workshop for program leader to train other teachers

Online Portal

Online Portal

Teachers can access over 25 video modules and 135 lesson plans anytime

Teacher's Manual

Teacher’s Manual

Guide to help teachers get the most out of the program

Cultural Assessment

Culture Assessment

Before & After survey distributed to teachers, parents and students

Community Support

Community Support

Membership to online community to share best practices

Learn more about the Hyde Discovery Process and hear from educators who have seen its impact on their schools.

Want a closer look at our culture improvement program?