Inspire Citizens is a teacher-created collective that empowers all students and educators to co-create globally-minded, holistic, and customized project-based learning towards a more sustainable future. We work deeply with schools on implementing school wide visioning, strategic planning, and the building of internal capacity for sustainable education, service learning, and impactful action.
We aim to collaboratively design high-impact action opportunities, rooted in an Empathy to Action cycle infused with community partnerships, media literacy, and wellness -- all linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Targets, curricular standards, and OECD global competence frameworks.
Our professional learning and school developmental design principles center on:
Collaboration & Reflection
Personalization & Relevance
Ongoing & Blended Coaching
Building Internal Capacity
Shaping a Culture of Learning & Sustainable Thinking
UN Sustainable Development Targets:
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.
Educational 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.
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?”