TEACHERS: EMPOWER YOUR STUDENTS TO #BETHECHANGE
At The Changemaker Project, we believe in education as a vehicle for social change. That's why we've created a global design challenge for young people who want to change the world.
We offer a comprehensive curriculum for teachers which covers social justice issues affecting people, animals, and the environment, as well as Stanford's Design Thinking process. Teachers utilize our curriculum to prepare their students for our global design challenge, where students compete to create innovative solutions to social problems.
Teachers of any discipline can implement The Changemaker Project Curriculum in their classroom, or as part of an after school club. Our curriculum is online, and every student who registers will have their own portal to access the lessons.
Our curriculum was developed to address a broad range of standards in the Common Core as well as IB standards and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. It was also designed to be engaging to students with a variety of learning styles, and flexible enough to meet the needs of any teacher.
The course begins by introducing students to a variety of real-world issues that face our planet (affecting people, animals, and the environment). Students then break into teams and decide on a problem to tackle. The rest of the course provides valuable problem-solving skills and guides teams through Stanford's Design Thinking process to create an innovative project. Throughout the program, we offer leadership development lessons to foster students' vision, confidence, empathy, initiative, and resilience.
The Changemaker Project is designed as a four-year program, so once students enroll in their first year they have access to our subsequent courses for the next three years. Each course follows the same general format, and students can build upon a project they begin in their first year, or create a new project each year. Over the four year program, students develop as leaders in their community, and build strong ties with other changemakers from around the world.
Global pitch + CHANGEMAKER SHOWCASE
Each Spring, teams selected as finalists will pitch their project ideas at our Global Pitch event to win funding from our community of philanthropists. They will then have several months to execute and complete their projects with the support of TCP mentors. The program culminates in a Changemaker Showcase event at the end of the year, highlighting some of the most high-impact projects from the program.
In addition to the online course, we host a 60-min live Zoom call every first Saturday (at 10am PST) for students (teachers don't need to attend) to connect with other students around the world, share ideas, and inspire each other. The first live call, on Oct. 7th, is required as an orientation to the program. Subsequent live calls are not required, but they do count toward participation points and we encourage all students to attend them if they're able.
Our deadline to register for the 2023-2024 school year is Sept. 15th, 2023.
COST + SCHOLARSHIPS
The cost to register is $100/student, and our deadline is September 15th, 2023. This cost is a one-time fee that covers the full four-year program. Please email us if you would like a full or partial scholarship for your school, and let us know what you can pay per student (if anything) so we can give you the proper discount code. We are committed to offering scholarships to all schools and students who request them, so please don't hesitate to ask!
In addition to the registration fees, we suggest that schools which can afford to do so offer a stipend to their teachers of $100/month that they are involved in the program ($1000 for the school year) to compensate them for their time. We are happy to provide a certificate of completion with professional development hours noted (we provide trainings throughout the year free of charge), as well as a letter to your principal upon completion of the program.
READY TO SIGN UP?
Once you know how many students you'll have, you can click the button below to register your students. (If you end up needing to add more students later, it's no problem.) Please email us if you would like a scholarship code; we don't want cost to be a barrier to any schools.
After paying your registration fees, you'll receive a link to a 2-hour online teacher training course (you can complete this at your own pace) and then you'll be ready to enroll your students. Please reach out anytime if you have questions; we're here to help.
We look forward to seeing you and your students in the program!