We face deeply interconnected global challenges.
Challenges that affect every last life form here on Earth -- our current home.
We need youth growing up learning to address these challenges.
And how could we possibly learn to address these challenges effectively without understanding the people and the planet these challenges impact?
We've got to practice acting on our desire for understanding one another and seeing creative new ways we can move forward. Together.
We've got to raise authentic, empathetic, collaborative leaders.
earth needs storychangers.
Storychangers that co-lead evidence-based action
to untangle our world's greatest challenges with our heart, head, and hands to reweave the world we live in.
And we can't let fear or inward mindset get in our way.
What better place to start than with every educator and student?
Youth have BIG questions. Youth want to understand the world. Youth want to understand why we're here. Youth wonder how to make our world better.
And from an early age, those questions are often ignored, squashed, or put to the side "for when they're older".
Youth are left to figure out what's going on in the world on their own, without evidence-based content and support.
Enter: Empathy Challenges
We're building and curating the curriculum tools to support all of us in learning about and applying core values -- to help lead effective positive change in our lives and communities.
We need this learning to be happening all. the. time. That's why we're focused on classrooms first.
That's exactly where a huge challenge exists: integrating social/emotional learning with our day to day lives beyond after school programs and one off class projects.
And that's hard to do in such a complex education system. Sometimes people suggest there's simply no way to change things. We deeply believe that when there is room for improvement in a system or organization, we've got to either shut it down and start afresh -- or fix it!
There IS hope.
Tons of awesome programs already exist.
We're not here to reinvent wheels.
We're here to improve, refine, and mainstream this kind of learning approach both in how and what we bring into each academically focused K12 classroom.
Practicing empathy can't simply be a classroom's "extra credit". We've got to weave it right into the heart of class.
Introducing STEMpathy Challenge stories directly into math class, we have seen both increased engagement and learning. Students are more able to connect with math as a change-making tool.
Math, through written and visual story, is a language in which we can begin to practice empathy, ecosystem understanding, creativity, and collaboration.
Math is a first step. An important first step. But there's a much bigger picture here.
Imagine every child, educator, and parent seeing empathy as the most necessary approach & practice to learn math.
That's our first step.