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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the three series?

Each series provides your school with enough messages to broadcast for an entire school year. Series 1 includes 204 messages, providing some options so you can select messages that work best for your unique campus. Series 2 and Series 3 provide you with messages for year two and three of your initiative. Series 2 includes 190 messages, and Series 3 includes 190 messages.

Most schools rotate back to Series 1 after the third year of broadcast. Students have either moved on to another level, or they are hearing messages they heard three years earlier at a different developmental age and with a different understanding.

At the end of your annual subscription, you may choose to print the materials for future use.

For which grade levels is Project Wisdom appropriate?

Middle School: Project Wisdom was successfully piloted at the middle-school level. Today, it reaches students in middle schools across America.

High School: Soon after the pilot began, educators at the high school level began requesting the materials. The program has since been successfully implemented on high school campuses.

Elementary School: A modified elementary version of our program became available in Spring 2002. Prior to that time, elementary schools had been using the middle school materials with special supplements for the younger students on campus. The program has been successfully implemented in elementary schools across the country.

Is Project Wisdom a religious program?

Project Wisdom is not a religious program. The program focuses on universally held values that transcend religious, political, and cultural differences. The Project Wisdom organization is not affiliated with any religious or political organization.

For schools that choose to teach about world religions, messages are included that inform students of various religious holidays such as Hanukkah, Easter, Christmas, Ramadan, the birth of Mohammed, and the birth of Buddha. (See Index)

Do you quote religious leaders in your program?

We are committed to a global perspective that includes persons representing all segments of society, including science, business, sports, education, politics, religion, entertainment, and those everyday heroes whose names may not be widely known.

For this reason, we do not exclude religious or spiritual leaders. All quotes and aphorisms present universally held values such as respect, responsibility, caring, integrity, fairness, etc.

We are a Project Wisdom licensed school, but we do not have a password. How can I get that information?

If your school has purchased a subscription to the Educator Resource Site 2.0 (ERS), you can expect an email confirmation within 2-3 business days after placing your order with instructions about how to register and login.

If your school has not purchased a subscription to the ERS, you cannot register or login but can only preview the site, which often includes FREE messages and/or lesson plans.

After purchasing the ERS subscription, how long will it take to receive information about getting our staff registered?

This will usually happen within 2-3 business days. If you do not receive this information within this time frame, contact us at 800-884-4974 or email

If there is a featured message per week, what are we supposed to narrate on the four remaining weekdays?

Most campuses will plan one day a week for the weekly featured message. The lesson plans are intended for individual classroom activity and discussion. On the secondary-level campuses, the lesson plans offer a unique opportunity to incorporate character education into all academic areas. The lesson plans are also excellent tools for advisory periods. Daily messages from the Project Wisdom library can be read on the remaining days. Once you've purchased the entire library, you can select from more than 600 broadcast messages.

When we sign up for the yearly subscription, does it expire after one calendar year or at the end of the school year?

All subscriptions will be good for one calendar year based on the invoice date. Materials will be posted August 15 through June 15.

Which subjects are included in the lessons?

For elementary-level students, there are activities for all grade levels. For secondary-level students, the subject areas included are art, social studies, language arts, science, math and computer science.

Is there an elementary version and a secondary version and what grades are each appropriate for?

Yes. The elementary version is appropriate for K-5 students. The secondary-level version is for 6-12th graders. Once you subscribe to the ERS, however, you have access to both versions, in the event that you want to address the needs of more advanced students or students with special needs.

How many teachers can sign up with the ERS?

Your annual subscription to the Project Wisdom Educator Resource Site comes with unlimited seating for each licensed campus. Every educator on campus will have password-protected access to the materials.

Why does Project Wisdom focus so much on historical figures rather than contemporary individuals?

The Project Wisdom Library was written so the broadcast messages would be as timeless as possible. There are two reasons for this: 1) so schools can recycle through the library over the course of many years (we have schools that have been broadcasting for as many as 12 years), and 2) as a way to save schools money because the library doesn't have to be continually replaced.

Why doesn't Project Wisdom quote more contemporary individuals?

Our experience tells us that quoting individuals who do not have a long-standing, positive reputation with the public is a challenge. Quoting a pop-culture idol may get students' initial attention, but many of these individuals do not lead exemplary lives. Some have proven quick to fall from grace in the public's eye. Another challenge is finding appropriate words of wisdom from those contemporary individuals who may in fact be good role models. And finally, it is also our belief that it is important to expose students to classic heroes and great thinkers from history, literature, world faiths, and the arts.

Our content team is always open to suggestions for contemporary individuals who have proven themselves as reliable role models. We enthusiastically welcome recommendations.