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Inspire Citizens works on-site with schools, teachers, & students in order to co-design effective professional learning, relevant curriculum enhancements, longitudinal research studies, & engaging learning experiences for deep thinking, global citizenship, & service learning.

Our Three Impact Frameworks amplify knowledge, skills, & empathy through a focus on human-centered global competencies that empower students to make positive impact on collective wellbeing & the sustainable development of the world.

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Amplify Learning through
Service & Action
Empathy to Impact

Our student-centered pedagogy is built on the foundation of relevant, problem-based learning through an Empathy to Impact approach & framework.
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The Inspire Citizens’ core mission is rooted in three of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals’ target indicators.

We work tirelessly to:

  • 4.7: Educate for sustainable development, global competence, and thoughtful citizenship

  • 4.5: Eliminate all discrimination in education

  • 4C: Increase the supply of qualified educators in developing areas and regions

Inspire Citizens strives to empower all students, educators, and schools to foster deep community relationships, long-term implementation of transformative practices, and facilitating relevant projects that enhance curriculum, deepen learning, and spark reciprocal service to help solve the world’s most pressing problems by making significant, positive impact on collective wellbeing and sustainable development.

17 Skills for 17 Goals: Working with students on “soft” people skills builds a toolkit and enhances the impact for effective and sustainable community engagement, problem solving, and learning. ©2019, Inspire Citizens. All rights reserved.

Based in Beijing, co-founders Steve Sostak and Aaron Moniz use an Empathy to Impact approach, working in collaboration with teachers to infuse global competence, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and relevant action into pre-existing curriculum and standards, while empowering students to amplify learning via relevance, vocation, and human skills and tools found in the 17 Skills for 17 Goals.

Our design principles for best practices in professional learning & collaboration support a sustainable and successful roll-out of global impact without initiative overload.
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Grounded in research, the Inspire Citizens’ design principles for effective professional learning support schools and educators with a blueprint for short and long term success, sustaining a transformative, human-centered community culture and student learning that can positively impact the future.

Global Competence & Student Impact Profile: Student learning centers on the goal of competencies that create impact for collective well-being and sustainable development.
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The IC Global Impact School model is a whole school design, mapping smaller-scale steps while supporting log-term, full-community transformations rooted in greater empathy, global and cultural competence, sustainable thinking, and community impact. Our ten pathways and innovative self-study, with thorough indicators and benchmarks, support the planning and development of critical enhancement of internal systems.

The IC Student Impact Profile centers on the application of interdependent global competencies that begin with foundational learning qualities. Students then illuminate deeper competency-based pathways for learning which lead towards action and impact for collective well-being and sustainable development.

Empathy to Impact approach
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Steve and Aaron are available for a variety of personalized, professional learning opportunities. Contact them through email or Twitter for inquiries into fees and availability:

  1. Full-year / Multiple-year residency and partnership: Global Impact School long-term transformation with regular on-site consultation, coaching, and co-teaching for building internal capacity and monitoring evidence collection with administrators, educators, students, and parent communities.

  2. Two-week residency: Self-study support and visioning, sparking global competency and sustainable thinking in curriculum through divisions or with teacher teams, student leadership program development, or other specified focus areas from the Global Impact School model.

  3. One-week residency: Specified focus week on one or two areas from the Global Impact School model.

  4. Two-day workshops: Choose from active learning around Global Impact School blueprinting, Global Youth Media program launches, 17 Skills for 17 Goals toolkit and skills facilitation, Empathy to Impact pedagogy and active practice, and many other possible areas of focus.

  5. One-day / Pre-conference workshops: Choose from shorter versions of the two-day opportunities listed above.

  6. Speaking Engagements: Dynamic, interactive keynotes

  7. Blended, online learning opportunities and consultations

What can your school do to provide opportunities for personal, local, and global impact? Our 10 pathways, with indicators and benchmarks, combined with our Self-Study and on-site support, can help guide the critical transformation in becoming a truly Global Impact School. ©2019, Inspire Citizens. All rights reserved.


Meet the Co-Founders

Aaron Moniz
Inspire Citizens
Co-director and Founder
Global Impact Schools:
Lead Consultant and Facilitator

After being the teacher team leader for the innovative ISB Futures Academy in Beijing and now a global TeachSDGs ambassador, Aaron now envisions education as empowering students to desire active citizenship in our world, equipped with knowledge, skills, and perspectives that will contribute to a sustainable future and counter social inequality and environmental degradation. Through providing teachers and students with effective systems thinking frameworks and tools such as media literacy strategies and action planning in project-based environments, he strives to help schools, students, and communities be change agents to positively impact our world.

aaronmoniz17@gmail.com
@inspirecitizen2

Steve Sostak
Inspire Citizens
Co-director and Founder
Global Impact Schools:
Lead Consultant and Facilitator

Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school on three continents, Steve now specializes in embedding empathy, global competence, and UN SDG targets into whole schools and classrooms that empower students to make local and global community impact. He prepares administrative teams and K-12 teachers to incorporate global competence into project-based learning, curriculum and lesson plans, remaining sensitive to standards, criteria, competencies, language objectives, and tools for effective and efficient planning, feedback, and assessments. As a global TeachSDGs ambassador, Steve is also lead facilitator for the Inspire Citizens' student programs: 17 Skills for 17 Goals and Global Youth Media.

steve@inspirecitizens.org
@inspirecitizen1


 

Our Team

Kavita Tanna
Global Competence in Early Childhood
Global Impact Schools’ Associate Developer
Workshop facilitator
@KavitaTanna

Christina Lin
Student Intern Program
Co-President
Workshop Facilitator

Jacob Sule
IC Global Competence Training in Africa
Workshop facilitator
iReadtoLive initiative
@SuleJacobs

Out of the Blocks
Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick

Global Youth Media Advisors
@OutoftheBlocks1

Dave Freeman
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Lead Advisor
Workshop Facilitator
@ChinaAnswers

Lucy Sostak
Student Intern Program
Co-President
Workshop Facilitator
Keynote Speaker

Learn more about our student interns and our extended education team


 

Strategic Partners

In August, Inspire Citizens partnered with   Pushing Boundaries  , an innovative collective of global educators who have banded together to provide educators and students with tools and frameworks to explore and implement transformational practices, holistic wellbeing, and more sustainable, equitable, and impactful outcomes for the future of education and the world. Please contact Pushing Boundaries for inquiries and collaboration possibilities with Inspire Citizens in the United States and Canada.

In August, Inspire Citizens partnered with Pushing Boundaries, an innovative collective of global educators who have banded together to provide educators and students with tools and frameworks to explore and implement transformational practices, holistic wellbeing, and more sustainable, equitable, and impactful outcomes for the future of education and the world. Please contact Pushing Boundaries for inquiries and collaboration possibilities with Inspire Citizens in the United States and Canada.

Global Impact School Partners:

Seoul Foreign School, Seoul, South Korea
Beijing City International School, Beijing, China
Tsinghua International School, Beijing, China


 

Recent News

Summer 2019 Updates:

Out of the Blocks teamed up with Inspire Citizens to spend a week at Seoul Foreign School, working with students on empathy, active listening, and community impact through positive media. The week culminated in a Global Youth Media Conference, when 150 middle & high school kids from international schools in places like Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Abu Dhabi headed out into the streets of Seoul to interview strangers. Check out this special audio postcard, and hear what the students learned about others and about themselves.
Check out Seoul Foreign School’s VoiceLab to see some of the videos, stories, and the first member station of the Inspire Citizens’ Global Youth Media (GYM) hub. This GYM hub will be launched in July 2019 with the support of student-led member stations from around the globe.

Steve and Aaron talked with podcast host, Jeremy Williams, of Dismissed about the Empathy to Impact Approach and the “Why” behind Global Competence, students engaging with UN SDGs, and the Global Impact School model.

AFS Content Partnership:

Inspire Citizens has teamed with other global education groups to be content partners for the second AFS Global Conference in Montreal, Canada this October. Pre-conference workshops and other shorter workshops will be offered for deep dives into Empathy to Impact, Global Youth Media,
and 17 Skills for 17 Goals.


 

On the Ground:
Inspire Citizens