Studies show that rest can play a critical role in peak performance, particularily for adolescents. Starting in the fall of 2015, Windward implemented one "late start" day per week, allowing students a bit of breathing room to catch up on sleep and study mid-week.
Windward's dynamic programs seek to maximize student engagement while providing a nurturing environment to support growth. In 2012, Windward began working with the Challenge Success Program, a project of Stanford's Graduate School of Education. Windward's Challenge Success team, comprised of faculty, students, and administrators, leads ongoing work in an attempt to increase engagement at all grade levels without also increasing the pressures that students already perceive in their lives.
Kermit Cannon is the owner of Youth Sports Training and was the strength and conditioning coach for Santa Monica High School since 1993 before joining Windward in 2015. He is the author of “The Beast Factory,” an all-in-one nutrition and fitness book that contains unique exercises, which was created to be a 12-week fitness program. It also offers tips and information on diet and health; the dangers of steroids, drugs, and alcohol; training techniques; and more. “The Beast Factory” has won an Indie Excellence Award and the Living Now Books for Better Living Award. Kermit has trained hundreds of individuals and several teams including three CIF championship teams in three different sports with both boys and girls.
Kermit has a mission to improve the lives of our youth by helping them combat plaguing issues such as obesity, anorexia, drug abuse, and low self-esteem. He is an Expert Contributor to STACK magazine. His training blogs are read by over five million people online and over 100,000 in print.
Kermit is involved in many organizations: National Federation of State High Schools, Let’s Move! National Council of Youth Sports, Sports Youth & Marketing Network, and USA Track & Field. He is a 2011 recipient of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award. He has appeared on the Mother Love Radio Show, Fitness Radio and participated in the Youth Fitness Expo in Seattle, Washington.