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Better World Education: a curriculum for leading kids to lead global change
Better World Education is an online learning space designed to engage learners and coordinate teachers in leading positive change in the world. It’s a globally adaptable academic curriculum for global good.
Built by reweave, a US-registered nonprofit, the attractive format and curriculum focuses on social, emotional and academic learning goals using three key layers:
- Empathy challenges (content): Functioning as classroom hooks, these engaging videos and stories of people allow teachers to unravel and better understand our world’s interconnected challenges and solutions while they address academic objectives
- One-page lesson plans (structure): The friendly, simple, daily plans allow teachers to leverage empathy challenges and content alongside core academic concepts.
- Topic deep dives (resource bank): Curated videos; big thematic questions, ideas, and mini social enterprise case studies guide explorations and discussion and offer an overview of the core purpose of each topic.
Each module is chunked into attractive, interactive sections that incorporate background (why this matters), essential questions, statistics, case studies, engaging and authentic media, quizzes, opportunities for response and reflection and sharing.
Better World Education is relevant learning and it will be welcomed especially by teachers of social studies, economics, math, science, and civics. It might also be used by civic-conscious clubs. I can see these modules being used as total learning experiences, but teachers might easily use the various components individually.
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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