Today’s episode is all about contribution, featuring our very own Tom Vander Ark and Dr. Emily Leibtag.
High school has always been thought of as preparation for college and careers. But what if it were a time when teenagers actually started making a difference in their community? What if young people had the chance to figure out what they’re interested in, what they’re good at, and how they could start making a contribution? Tom and Emily argue that students contributing to their community might be the best form of preparation there could be!
In this episode, Tom and Emily give their five reasons high schools should focus on contribution (below). They also provide several examples of schools doing just that; engaging young people in making the world better starting right where they are!
Five reasons to focus on contribution:
- Better Preparation
- More Motivation
- Pressing Problems
- More Opportunity
- Social Economy.
[:14] About today’s episode.
[1:05] Emily and Tom chat about today’s discussion.
[2:58] What the Getting Smart team sees as the most valuable skills in the future and the types of experiences youth need in order to develop these skills.
[5:33] The importance of contribution for young people leaving high school.
[8:05] Examples from Tom Vander Ark of contribution.
[10:11] Emily shares a great quote on the importance of contribution.
[12:05] Why schools (especially high schools) should focus on contribution.
[13:13] Schools that are great examples of agency and collaboration by dealing with real community problems.
[14:16] The second reason why schools should focus on contribution: students become more motivated and engaged through making a contribution.
[15:31] Emily and Tom’s third reason in favor of contribution: their impact on pressing issues such as climate change and AI
[20:42] Some more examples of schools where these contribution experiences are happening.
[24:00] A new project that provides a terrific entry point for contribution: The Purpose Project.
[25:45] About Getting Smart’s guidebook in collaboration with Teton Science Schools.
[26:30] Emily poses this question to listeners: Think about a memorable learning experience you’ve had (99% of the time people will share an example of a time they made a contribution!)
[27:52] The best example of contribution Tom and Emily have seen.
[28:30] How we can help aid students in contributing.
[29:31] What to follow-up on after listening to this week’s episode!
Mentioned in This Episode:
“Ask About AI,” by Getting Smart
The Kern Family Foundation
Health Leadership High School
ACE Leadership High School
Circulos High School (in Santa Ana)
Gloo (Analytics for Personal Growth)
Tess Posner of AI4ALL
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Latitude High School
Crosstown High School
Purdue Polytechnic High School
Design Tech High School
One Stone High School
One Stone’s One Event
The Purpose Project
Getting Smart’s Guidebook in collaboration with Teton Science Schools to be released in 2020
Teton Science Schools
Larry Rosenstock (CEO of High Tech High)
Cajon Valley Union School District
Episode 191 – Rethinking Educator Preparation: Experiential, Connected, Applied
Episode 190 – Exposing Engineering to Underrepresented Groups with Dr. Amon Millner
For more, see:
- Learning Environments for the Future: 4 Tips from Randy Fielding
- Contribution: Schools Alive with Possibility
- Podcast: Embracing the Tension Between Basic Skills and Work Readiness Skills
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