Social Impact Collaborative for Middle Schools

 

Student collaborations make a powerful social impact through the relationships that are developed. Students, working together, deepen their appreciation of their own differences as they strengthen their empathy for others. Dave Isay of Storycorps says,”Once you have heard someone’s story, it is hard not to love them.”

Social Impact Collaborative for Middle Schools

Educators, please join us August 23, 2019 as The Monarch Experience at Good Shepherd partners with The Hockaday Institute for Social Impact for this one-day training seminar, the Middle School Social Impact Collaborative! This initial seminar kicks off the 2019-2020 Public-Private School Partnership which was designed to support public and private school student collaborations to solve meaningful problems in Dallas.  

Student collaborations make a powerful social impact through the relationships that are developed. Students, working together, deepen their appreciation of their own differences as they strengthen their empathy for others. Dave Isay of Storycorps says,”Once you have heard someone’s story, it is hard not to love them.” Laura Cole, Director of Partnerships and Collaborations at Good Shepherd, and Laura Day, Director of The William B. Dean Service Learning Program at The Hockaday School, have implemented such student experiences between schools to provide opportunities for design thinking and creating real world solutions to real problems.

This training session is designed for public and private school educators in middle school, grades five through eight. Ideally, there will be an even distribution of participants from both public and private schools in the Dallas area. Participants will complete the one day training, and each educator will leave with a partner from another school and an initial project for the fall semester. Participants will be prepared for monthly facilitations with Collaborative Leaders, Laura Day and Laura Cole. Support for projects will also be available as requested by the session participants. A reflection will be scheduled in January 2020, after participants have time to experience what they learn in their actual collaborative projects with an option to continue with a second cohort to be determined in the spring.

 

Friday, August 23
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$350 per registrant
Good Shepherd Campus

Register by: August 20

Children Collaborating

 


The Institute for Social Impact

This last year, Laura Day launched The Institute for Social Impact at The Hockaday School,  working with teachers to create public-private partnerships in 12 different classes. One such partnership, United to Lead, brings students together from different schools to use the design process to create new solutions to our educational system, while another group of students  works within a  biology class to look at environmental solutions.

Collaborations

Laura Cole’s student collaborations  allowed for  partnerships  from diverse public and private school campuses to solve problems for each other. Younger students solved classroom challenges such as losing too many pencils during the day, and eighth grade students helped each other design a new innovation space. These are just a few examples of what can be accomplished by students sharing ideas, testing theories, and working together. This Middle School Social Impact Collaborative will give both public and private school educators the tools and inspiration needed to continue these social impact focused projects and solutions in their own classrooms and beyond.