EPIC | Erskine Personal Impact Curriculum

Honoring the life and legacy of Indiana native and baseball great Carl Erskine, Special Olympics Indiana is proud to partner with award-winning filmmaker Ted Green in developing the Erskine Personal Impact Curriculum (EPIC), presented by Duke Energy — a set of educational materials for elementary, middle, and high school students released in August 2022 in conjunction with Ted’s film, The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story. These unique classroom materials build upon the success of our Unified Champion Schools® and Champions Together initiatives to promote learning for every age level, and give educators an impactful way to teach themes inspired by Carl’s life stories of inclusion, belonging, and leadership.

EPIC classroom materials complement your school’s curriculum and make connections to Indiana Department of Education Academic Standards. The flexible lesson design and activities provide ready-to-use lesson plans and opportunities for differentiated instruction. EPIC materials are available to Indiana educators at no cost through generous donations by our partners.

Sample Lesson Plans

In this lesson,students will recognize and celebrate their differences and diversity within their classroom community by creating a classroom tree to display.Additionally, they will discuss the importance of inclusivity and acceptance.

In this lesson, students learn about what it means to belong and how to include others. Students will identify similarities and differences between themselves and a partner but understand how they are still part of the same community.

In this lesson, students will compare inclusive and prejudicial behaviors. Additionally, students will identify how they can be positive toward their peers and utilize inclusive behaviors.

In this lesson, students learn why it is important to have personal values. Students will identify a list of core values and discuss how to bring these values into their everyday life and communities.

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