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The DARE2XL After School Program was developed by Dr. Donald E. Sheffield, President of TAME, Inc. (Techniques Assisting Motivation and Excellence). DARE2XL was the Winner Of The HUD "Best Practices" Award 2000.  At Penn State University, Dr. Sheffield serves as the Assistant to the Vice Provost for Outreach and Cooperative Extension and Affiliate Professor of Education in the College of Education.

Dr. Sheffield developed the idea for the DARE2XL Program and its Excellence Conditioning Model during his years as an academic advisor in the athletic department at Penn State as the administrative assistant to Joe Paterno.

Practice Makes Perfect - NOT!

Dr. Sheffield reveals the habit forming behaviors associated with repetitive actions. Click here to browse all parental resources.


Dr. Sheffield

A major emphasis of Dr. Sheffield’s work is helping parents manage the academic development of their children. Click here to learn more about Dr. Sheffield.

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