Design your classes to create engaged civic leaders and global citizens.
- Participate in a highly collaborative and engaging workshop for K-12 educators of public schools
- Count on workshop time to integrate new strategies into existing instructional plans and syllabi
- Become a part of an ongoing supportive learning community
- 30 free clock hours
Participants learn to build a democratic classroom within which students learn the 4 C’s of 21st Century skills: collaboration, communication, creativity (and innovation), and critical thinking; students become civically engaged and empathetic global citizens inside and outside of the classroom. Educators learn how to use the following sequentially integrated strategies:
Class Agreements: Create a process in which students collaborate to build curriculum and assessment norms, classroom environment and management. Build a reliable system which invites a deeper level of self and group accountability to performance and behavior.
Class Meeting: Establish a weekly forum in which students leaders and Educator leader work out all “behavioral”, performance, classroom climate issues as well as a space to build unprecedented authentic relationships (student to student as well as student to educator). The result of which is a return on investment for content and achievement in academic and affective domains.
Community Building: Create a powerful team in which all students are integral to the whole; use group grades and theatre of liberation to build group integrity, cooperation, collaboration and compassion.
Class Jobs: Share ownership and responsibility of class, teaching and community with students.
Peer Accountability Structure: Lead class to create a learning community in which students hold each other accountable and elicit the best from one another for behavior and learning outcomes.
Process for Mutual Respect: Move beyond reward & punishment; learn to use natural & logical consequences, encouragement rather than praise, and to build on the positive while minimizing mistakes– methodologies based on mutual respect (“power with” rather than “power over”).
Culture of Critical & Systems Thinking Essential for Interdependent Cooperation: Facilitate project-based learning in which students learn and practice leadership skills to address critical 21st global issues.
Structures for a Culture of Equity: Inside the context of building a powerfully collaborative learning community, address and discuss issues of identity and diversity effectively to raise awareness of how students can become active change agents for equity both within and outside the learning community.