The Harbor, featuring Mike Smith and guests, facilitates the teaching of character development in classrooms by showcasing tangible life lessons through a school year’s worth of episodes with rich, raw and engaging video content. Designed for the classroom, Renaissance members have access to a downloadable critical thinking discussion guide to foster student-led discussions for each episode.

October 5, 2015
Season 2


In this week’s episode of The Harbor by Jostens, professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler shares how he persevered through the divorce of his parents – an issue that many teens and their families go through today. From confusion, hurt, and guilt to eventual understanding, Ryan explains all the emotions that he went through over the years. Through the experience Ryan learned that “time heals everything,” and that love is necessary to live a good life.

CRITICAL THINKING – RYAN SHECKLER: Print version (PDF) // Digital version (PDF)

August 18, 2015


Welcome to the first episode of The Harbor! In this episode, Mike addresses the topics of judgement and prejudice both in and outside of the classroom and how students can help resolve this problem in their schools.

CRITICAL THINKING – JUDGEMENT: Print version (PDF) // Digital version (PDF)

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