Back to School with #StartEmpathy and #ChangemakerEd

Schools are like living organisms. Microcosms of society. The place where young people spend most of their young lives, learning about themselves, each other and the world. If we want young people to grow up to be empathic, problem-solvers who know how to work in teams and lead change, then we have to create opportunities for them to practice. School is a great place to start!

Ashoka brings you a ‘back-to-school’ special edition with insights from our community of #ChangemakerEd schools. These schools are part of a global community of innovative public, private, and charter institutions that are reimagining how young people grow up. They all prioritize experiences that educate students to be empathetic, entrepreneurial, creative, and community-oriented leaders. Through innovations in school curricula, culture, and systems, #ChangemakerEd teachers and students are pioneering how education can cultivate an ecosystem of changemakers.

Overview

  1. Reimagining Education
  2. Teachers Talk ~ Changemaker Education
  3. Why Empathy? A Case for Promoting Empathy in Schools
  4. Changemaker Classrooms
  5. Changemaker Educators
  6. Changemaker Students

Empathy

In a world of fast change and increasingly complex problems, empathy is emerging alongside reading and math as the new literacy. Check out our Case for Promoting Empathy in Schools’.

Kids make kindness bundles with fresh herbs from the garden

Reimagining School

Schools are like living organisms. Microcosms of society. The place where young people spend most of their young lives, learning about themselves, each other and the world. If we want young people to grow up to be empathic, problem-solvers who know how to work in teams and lead change, then we have to create opportunities for them to practice. School is a great place to start.

There is a global movement taking place and it starts with a question: ‘What is the purpose of school?’ See how the #ChangemakerEd movement is empowering every young person to step into their greatness by ‘Reimagining School.’

Matt Karlsen, Opal School in Oregon

Changemaker Classrooms

“Fostering an environment where students are empowered to be those agents of change can transpose into adults who transform the workplace.”

Ashoka #ChangemakerEd schools are reimagining education systems that place passion and purpose at the center of student learning. Here is how these communities are ‘Creating a Culture of Changemaking in the Classroom.’

Morning meeting at the Circle School in Texas

Changemaker Educators

“We can support our students by challenging them to take ownership of their actions, passions and interests in their community and help them develop the skills they need to propose solutions to questions and problems they care about.”

See what it takes to be a ‘Changemaker Educator.’

Changemaker Education Summit 2017 in New Mexico

Young changemakers

“I can actually do something. I am making history, not just learning about it.”

Changemaking is when students realize they do not need to grow up to make a difference. Check out how these schools are educating kids to be empathetic, entrepreneurial, creative, socially-minded leaders no matter what career path they choose to follow: ‘Changemaker Students.’

Parenting Changemakers

“I am a parent — I have three kids — I know that the world my kids live in today is fundamentally different from the world I lived in. There is way less security…way more volatility in the world…the job market is going to be different, and socio-economic structures are shifting. I know that for my own kids to do well and to be well in today’s world, it will take skills and values that are not the focus of current education system.” ~ Ross Hall, Education Director for Ashoka Europe.

In the back-to-school hustle and bustle, inspire your kids with topics that connect their learning to real world issues within their community. Not sure where to start? Try this 1 month empathy challenge!

Changemaker Families 1 Month Challenge