Inspire Citizens is a teacher-created collective that empowers all students and educators to co-create globally-minded, holistic, and customized project-based learning environments.
We aim to collaboratively design high-impact action opportunities, rooted in community, public media, and wellness -- all linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Targets, curricular standards and objectives, and OECD global competence frameworks and indicators.
See our pathways to globally-minded, project-based learning, as well as innovative teacher trainings, which actively inspire community-driven action, identity, and learning.
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The IC Team
Following a decade of touring the globe as a saxophonist and performer, Steve spent the next 14 years teaching literacy, sustainability, and community journalism in Chicago, Lima, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Now, as the co-director of Inspire Citizens, he coaches diverse learners through designing media and global impact projects, helping spark educator and student passions to build community and problem solve in a challenging world.
For Inspire Citizens, Steve specializes in embedding global competence frameworks and sustainable thinking into classrooms. He prepares primary and secondary school teachers to incorporate global competence in their curricula and lesson plans, remaining sensitive to standards and criteria, language objectives, and tools for effective and efficient planning, feedback, and assessments.
Aaron is co-founder of Inspire Citizens and Citizens Public Media. He has been the Grade 7 team leader and the EAL and Learning Support facilitator in ISB's innovative, interdisciplinary, and globally-minded Futures Academy.
Aaron 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 giving teachers and other communities effective tools, bestowing confidence, and creating sustainable, engaging, and practical actions, he strives to help schools and communities be change agents to positively impact our world.
Being the previous Chinese Integration Specialist at the International School of Beijing, Annie facilitated and developed the Chinese historical, cultural, and literacy experiences for communities, teachers, and students from PreK-3 to Grade 12. When co-designing lessons and projects linked to global goals and standards, she is always conscious about how learners best learn and do we think about our thinking?
As the founder of Teens of China, Annie's vision centers on creating interdisciplinary opportunities for 21st century learning competencies.
As a popular literacy blogger in China, Annie’s deepest passion lies in communicating clearly to parents about the “why and how” behind teaching philosophies and the power of education for good. She continues to reach out to Chinese parents to share innovative learning that addresses the importance of well-rounded literacy and global thinking.
Sule Jacob Olaoluwa
Jacob is the founder of iRead To Live Initiative, a non-profit organization that focuses on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Quality Education in Nigeria. He holds a bachelors degree in Public Administration and is nearing completion of his graduate study of Law.
As a leader of Inspire Citizens in Africa, Jacob has consistently advocated for the delivery of SDG 4: Quality Education for every child, launching schools literacy clubs and campaigns, while supporting teacher training and professional learning opportunities in rural areas of Nigeria.
His goal remains empowering all students, teachers, and community members to become educated, impactful, and sustainable thinkers.
Guided by the famous phrase accredited to Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world,” Kavita is an Inspire Citizens activist on education equality in developing regions and schools. Following years of teaching in England and China, she encourages educators to inspire students to create impact projects that improve global communities.
As a witness to injustice, Kavita's mission is to connect with like-minded individuals who wish to empower children through inspiring, globally minded and holistic education.
In workshops, Kavita helps design important roles educators play in shaping the attitudes of young people, offering practical ideas of how to implement ideas for creating globally-minded citizens via effective teaching.
The goal of the Inspire Citizens' student internship program is to provide leadership opportunities to passionate learners and workshop facilitators in the areas of sustainable thinking, global competence, and community-driven journalism. The following students have demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to the global development of international student journalism programs and in becoming young leaders in the field of global citizenship.
Click here to meet our student interns.