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.
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.
Inspire Citizens works to empower all students, educators, and schools to develop community relationships and projects that level-up curriculum to help solve the world’s most pressing problems and make significant positive impacts on the world.
We co-create globally-minded, holistic, and customized curriculum support, implemented through school-wide visioning, strategic and personalized planning, and the building of internal capacity for global competence, service learning, and relevant problem-based action.
Through our Empathy to Impact approach, we bring student learning to life by infusing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, global competence frameworks, and media literacy into project-based inquiry, design thinking, curricular standards, language objectives, and 21st century learning.
Our professional learning and school developmental design principles center on research supported, best practices in:
Collaboration & Reflection
Personalization & Relevance
Ongoing & Blended Coaching
Building Internal Capacity
Our parter, Global Impact Schools, are dedicated to attaining greater empathy, global and cultural competence, sustainable thinking, and community impact via seven pathways.
Centered on three United Nations’ sustainable development targets for quality education, our educational and philanthropic mission and endeavors work to:
Educate for sustainable development and global competence and citizenship
Eliminate all discrimination in education
Increase the supply of qualified educators in developing regions
May / June 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.
Student-Centered Projects 2019-20:
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.
Our strategic partners:
Jakarta Intercultural School, Indonesia
Three W International
Teaspoons of Change, Australia
Worlds of Making, USA
Shekou International School
AFS Global Conference
Out of the Blocks, USA
iReadToLive Initiative, Nigeria
American School of Kosova
Teens of China, Beijing
Parlay Ideas, Toronto
Global Citizenship Foundation, New Delhi
The Inspire Project US, USA
Live With Less, Beijing
MICDS, St Louis, USA
The International School of Macao
Menu of Services and Programs:
Unit and Lesson Co-Planning
We cohesively help teachers and schools to align diverse curricula, standards and criteria, and best-practice teaching to UN Sustainable Development Goals and the OECD Global Competence Framework. Goal: Student-centered mastery of disciplinary skills, global competencies, and impactful action.
Global Youth Media
We help create student-centered journalism platforms, storytelling publications, and media literacy conferences centering on the power of media to spark empathy, build community, and create positive change in our challenging world.
& Design for Impact
We support schools in evaluating and leveling-up Makers and engineering programs by linking to sustainability indicators, crafting design thinking that includes SDG targets, enhancing service learning, and building empathy.
Activists in Residence
We partner with artists, musicians, poets and writers, podcast hosts, NGOs and other change makers to develop project-based curriculum that can connect to all learners in a school community. 21st-century learning, empathy, service, sustainability, and linking to standards and criteria are priorities.
17 Skills for 17 Goals
We train student leaders, facilitate workshops, and help support student-led events and conferences linked to service, sustainability, and social impact. Following a path of building empathy, learning to lead, and sharing your story, students engage with elements such as active listening, needs analysis, root cause discovery, essentialism, measuring sustainability, confidence building, and design and photography to capture the essence of a cause and vision.
Workshops & Keynotes
We offer activity-driven and thought-provoking workshops and keynotes that work as catalysts for supporting a shift towards competency-based education.
We effectively answer, “Why global competence? And how?”