Be the teacher every student remembers.


chalk & chances

Chalk & Chances began as a research project driven by a powerful question: What difference do teachers really make in the lives of their students? After hundreds of interviews with people from ages 18 to 80, that research project grew into this online community. Everyone has a story, and shared stories help us reflect and connect.


Julie Schmidt Hasson

Julie Hassen, eD.D

Dr. Julie Schmidt Hasson is a teacher, researcher and story collector. After playing school as a kid, Julie spent fifteen years as an early childhood and elementary school teacher. Over the next ten years as an assistant principal and principal, she saw herself as a teacher of teachers and loved to see the educators in her school stretch and grow. During her time as a school administrator, Julie earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.

Now that Julie is a professor, she researches the ways teachers make a lasting impact on students. That research is the basis of the Chalk and Chances project, which she founded in 2018. Julie also teaches graduate students to go out and answer their own powerful questions through qualitative research methods.

Julie has the amazing opportunity to teach all around the world through her writing, speaking and training. She is a TEDx speaker and the author of Unmapped Potential: An Educator’s Guide to Lasting Change. Julie credits her teachers with the gift of a strong foundation and hopes her work honors them.


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Dr. Julie Hasson is an author, speaker and trainer who has helped countless educators increase their impact through her keynotes, seminars, and workshops. Julie brings a fresh perspective by integrating her own research, her practical experience and the stories she has collected.

Julie's most requested topics include:

  • Be the teacher every student remembers

  • Be the leader every student remembers

  • Ten little ways to make a big impact on students


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