Welcome to March! Did it come in like a lion or a lamb? That always confuses me because March in the midwest pretty much does whatever it wants to do. (It’s roaring, in case you were wondering.) This month the theme at Little Pickle Press is all about harnessing inspiration and sparking creativity. As we look towards being inspired in all manner of ways, we’re featuring our favorite B Corp of the Month: World Leadership School. Every thing they’re doing speaks to inspiration, creativity, and innovation in the 21st Century.
What does 21st Century learning look like? I work in a technology magnet school where students each receive a laptop computer. At first glance, this looks like we just give computers to kids, but in reality what we’re teaching them is how to research. Every student receives a laptop for their learning at my school and they use the applications to express their mastery of skills and knowledge. For instance, each 8th grade student must complete a History Fair project whereby they research primary source documents, write an 8-10 page paper on their findings, and properly cite sources. Instead of the typical book report that’s written out our students may use Garage Band to create a podcast using music and their voices to express their learning.
If you ask me, this is the perfect way to harness inspiration in those who would seek to affect change in the world. Students with access to technology and global learning are using their skills to present and retain knowledge about issues that affect them and their environment. World Leadership School’s mission is to seek out those new and innovative approaches to solving the world’s problems by using global education as the catalyst. In a student-driven learning environment they have found that secret sauce of getting students to passionately seek out knowledge of what is happening around them as well as what is happening throughout the world.
World Leadership School partners school institutions with NGOs and research institutions around the world to facilitate the learning. Working with the “whole school” approach, they help administrators change the culture of learning within the building and also work with teachers on vision, pedagogy, and practice. In a world that’s become increasing larger to students who can see the real-world applications of their learning, it’s a remarkable thing to connect students to the global environment in which they live. Everything that World Leadership School is doing helps to harness inspiration and spark creativity. For someone in education to see this happening, it’s extremely exciting for me to know this is available to educators.
To learn more about what they do, visit the World Leadership School here.
Why programs like the World Leadership School is important to us: Certified B Corporations meet rigorous, independent standards of social and environmental performance. B Corps create greater economic opportunity, strengthen local communities, and communities, and preserve the environment.
B Corps voluntarily meet higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance. We distinguish ourselves from the cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. Certified B Corps want you to be inspired, not just by their vision, but by the movement’s ability to translate ideas into action.
Image via the World Leadership School website.