In 2009 the 7 Degrees of Change Foundation was formed as the Gail Norcross Triguiero Foundation to honor the memory of our then-namesake, who lost her battle with cancer on January 7, 2007 at the age of 51. It’s original mission was to establish libraries in the Philippines in partnership with Vicky SyCip Herrera, of the International School Manila and J.V. Quintin Pastrana’s Library Renewal Partners. Through our support, thousands of children and adults have benefited from the joy of learning across the Philippines, as well as Bhutan.
In 2013, the 7 Degrees added Charter Management to its scope. Our founders also founded Phoenix Academy in 1997. The first school in the country to integrate the Positive Behavior Intervention Program, or PBIS into its curriculum. Which has now been adopted across the country, with North Carolina fully embracing it, and migrating it into what is now referred to as MTSS. The modified structure allowed the school to grow exponentially into one of the largest and highest performing schools in the state.
In 2018, in the wake of the Parkland school shootings, the 7 Degrees team developed the Critical Incident School Safety Notification System®. The only school that is directly connected to first responders with shooter detection, video and barricade notification systems. That same year, the 7 Degrees developed a book series with “The Phoenix” as the main character detailing giving lessons about the 7 Degrees of Change.
In 2020, our character education program was developed by the High Point University School of Education. Taking the book series and developing hands on curriculum for pre-K through sixth grade.
In 2021, the 7 Degrees rolled out the Character Club School Enrichment Program.
In 2022, management of Phoenix Academy was assumed by National Heritage Academies (NHA).
The needs of the community and our constituents have evolved. The cost and logistics involved with shipping books to the Philippines made the program unsustainable. We are proud of the containerloads of books we provided and the resources to buy books from local supplies that have changed countless lives for the better. By transferring management of the Phoenix Academy to NHA, it allows this much larger organization, with over one hundred schools and enormous resources, to ensure that the school and its mission of excellence in education will continue to thrive, and serve the community as it did over the first quarter century of operation.
Like the mythical bird “The Phoenix” the foundation is going through a re-birth. The mission remains the same Innovation in Education, which we deliver through the following programming:
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