Hutto ISD Students to Choose2Matter


Hutto ISD Students to Choose2Matter

Students challenged to collaboratively develop innovative solutions to social problems


January 17, 2014 – Hutto, TX – Next week, the nearly 6,000 students in Hutto ISD will be asked a simple question:

“Do you believe that you are a genius, and that the world needs your contribution?”

Studies suggest that nearly 100% of Hutto’s first graders will answer this question with an emphatic “Yes.” For the second graders, the expectation is below 50%. For students approaching their high school graduation, typically only 2% still believe that they can contribute something meaningful to the world.

Fortunately, the conversation won’t end there. All students in the district will attend a two-day live event at Hutto High School on January 21 and 22 to learn about changing the world as part of a social movement called “Choose2Matter.”

Students, educators and adults from around the world are also invited to virtually participate in and support the event.

  • Opening and closing sessions will be broadcast from approximately 8:30 am to 10:00 am CST and from 3:00 to 3:30 pm each day, and also archived, on Choose2Matter’s YouTube channel at
  • Updates will be posted regularly to Choose2Matter’s Facebook page at and to the Hutto ISD Facebook page at
  • Pictures, videos and other content will be shared by participants on Twitter and other social media channels using the hashtag #HipposChoose2Matter

The Choose2Matter team is led by Angela Maiers, a nationally renowned speaker and veteran educator; Mark Moran, a corporate lawyer and online research expert; and Laura Thomas.

They will be joined by:

  • Mark J. Carter of ONE80 Solutions, a mentoring expert;
  • Frank Hughes, who worked in Space Training for NASA for 33 years and now focuses on STEM education;
  • Robert Pohl, an education consultant on 21st century classroom collaboration technologies & Director of Professional Learning for Collaboration Solutions, Inc.
  • Sam Read, online organizer for No Kid Hungry; and
  • Bryan Wempen of ceVoke and BTC Revolutions, an expert on leadership, entrepreneurism and talent management.

A lineup of special guests will appear via videoconference, including General John Michel, the Commanding General of the NATO Air Training Command in Kabul, Afghanistan, who will discuss courage and bravery with the students.

General John Michel

General John Michel

The Choose2Matter team will work with Hutto students, staff and community members on the concept behind Choose2Matter – that when someone believes that they matter, they approach life and work in a manner that understands that their actions can have an impact on the world.

This will be by far the largest group of participants at a Choose2Matter event to date.

Angela Maiers, Founder of Choose2Matter, says, “I applaud the courage of the Hutto ISD leaders in bringing this movement to all of their students. Choose2Matter changes hearts, changes minds, and changes lives. It is an awe inspiring message that must be heard, and we don’t want a single student to miss the opportunity.”

Steve Snell, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum at Hutto ISD, said “It will be a tremendously rewarding experience for students to articulate their passion, communicate their idea for solving a problem, begin the process of doing so and see it through to completion. This is more valuable than any worksheet or textbook we can give them.”

During a 2011 TEDxDesMoines presentation, “You Matter,” Angela Maiers spoke of how these two words can change lives and change our world, if we understand them and we leverage them in the right way.  Students everywhere reacted powerfully to this call to action, completing jaw-dropping quests to address problems in our world.

Choose2Matter was created in response to this breathtaking response. It is a call to action that challenges students to make “mattering” a way of life.

Choose2Matter is developing a program of “mentoring at mass scale.” It will leverage the wisdom and experience of adults to guide the energy and passion of youth. For students, the mere knowledge that adults take their ideas seriously profoundly impacts that seriousness with which they approach their contribution.

Hutto students and staff will begin work on their call to action, develop an action plan, work with experts and professionals, review plans, and implement their plans. The goal is to create an authentic, social entrepreneurship learning experience for students, in which they learn skills that are relevant to the modern world.

“This is going to be a unique experience for students. It’s going to be messy and chaotic but it’s going to empower students to take ownership of their learning and do something that will better their community,” said Emily Grobe, Information Director at Hutto ISD.

Mark E. Moran, Co-founder of Choose2Matter, said, “Most schools pay lip service to producing students who are college and career ready, but fall short on both accounts. Choose2Matter liberates the genius of students and reminds them that they can achieve great things, even at a tender age. Hutto ISD has embraced the notion that passionate students who believe in themselves are unstoppable.”



Emily Grobe, Public Information Officer, Hutto ISD; (512) 759-3008

Mark E. Moran, Co-founder, Choose2Matter,; (917) 597-3815

Hutto High School

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  • Dana Lewis

    My daughter is a 2nd grade student at Ray Elementary in Hutto, TX. She is so very excited about this project. I am just as excited. I have been telling her since birth that she matters and is has an important contribution to this world. We talk about how she can make it better. Your organization makes me so happy that she will hear it from people other than the ones she knows. She is on fire to help make the world a better place and I believe that starting tomorrow, that fire will spread. Thank you again for all you do!

  • Mackenzie macmane

    Thank y’all so much for coming to hutto isd it meant the world to me I do believe we can change the world if u cand change my life and others you can make a big difference I cried today because how greatful I was for y’all to come y’all saved my life to be honest because I felt like no one was there for me or I didn’t matter to the world then you showed up and showed me I do matter so thank you …….i realized suicide isn’t the answer so thank you yes I have my tiger stripes but imma win this battle thanks to you :)

    • admin

      Mackenzie, we just came across your comment and thank you so much for sharing it with us. We are humbled to learn that our visit had such an impact on your outlook, and we can’t wait to hear about the many things you do to change the world.