Dare to be Different

Curricular Links: Physical Education, Language Arts, Personal Planning

The Big Idea

Debbie Brill developed a new technique of high jumping courageously facing many doubters and going against conventional practice of her day. In doing so, her method of high jumping has been the standard for her sport ever since. Students learn how this spirit of “innovation” can be a model or independent thinking in all facets of life.


  • learn about Debbie Brill and the impact she had on her sport.
  • explore the meaning of “innovation”.
  • reflect on how they can be innovative in their own lives.