Difference Making at the Heart of Learning
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Difference Making at the Heart of Learning : Students, Schools, and Communities Alive With Possibility

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Your students will change the world!

Today's learners know they face a complex future. They yearn to live in a world where people are working with purpose, leading with character and making a difference. Learning to identify problems and use smart tools to develop meaningful solutions will help them make a difference in their families, their communities and for society.

They need your help. This inspirational, yet practical guide shows educators how to build on students' own talents and interests to develop their desire for a better world, entrepreneurial mindset and personal leadership skills. Features include:



New learning priorities centered around making a difference
A framework based on the 25 most important issues of our time
Examples and case studies from a diverse range of projects, people, and places

Students learn more when they feel a sense of purpose. With adults like you to guide them, they'll be ready to make a difference-and shape the world to come.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 177 x 254 x 12.7mm | 280g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1071814850
  • 9781071814857
  • 1,107,392

Table of contents

Foreword
Preface
Thanks to Difference Makers
About the Authors
Introduction
Part I: We're All in This Together
Chapter 1: A New Mutuality
Dislocation and Concentration
Curbing the Misuse of Smart Machines
New and Different Challenges
The New Mutuality
No Better Time to Make a Difference
Chapter 2: We Thrive by Contributing
Contribution Is Ancient Wisdom
Teaching Civic Virtues
What If Impacting the World Was the Goal?
Difference Making Is Motivating
The Psychology Behind Making a Difference
Difference Making Is Easier Than Ever
The Coming Social Economy
Contribution Builds Communities
Chapter 3: Earth Owner's Manual
Driving Questions
25 Most Important Issues of Our Time
How to Get Started
Part II: Everyone Has a Big Next Step
Chapter 4: Learning to Lead
New Priorities
Equity at the Heart of Leadership
Building Personal Effectiveness
Developing Agency
Cultivating Global Citizenship
Entrepreneurial Mindset
Exercising Collaboration
Design Thinking
New Priorities Power Community Change
Chapter 5: Purpose Powers Contribution
On Calling
Passion as a Skill
Chapter 6: Communities of Contribution
Leadership and Service
Technology and Design
Health, Food, and Nature
Entrepreneurship
The Arts
The Emerging Social Economy
Part III: Difference Making: Schools Alive With Possibility
Chapter 7: A New History
A Return to Place and Purpose
Chapter 8: Contribution at the Core
Difference Making as the Priority
Time and Support for Difference Making
Community-Connected Contribution
Difference Making With an Equity Commitment
Educators as Difference Makers
Chapter 9: Colleges for Contribution
The College Identity Crisis
Enabling Contribution in Health Sciences
The Case for Contribution in College
The University of Difference Making
Engineering for Impact
Climate Action
Learn and Earn
New Roads to Contribution
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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From global pandemics to income inequality, the world faces unprecedented challenges. Today’s students may be ones to find a better way forward—but only if they develop their potential as problem solvers and change makers. In this book, Tom Vander Ark and Emily Liebtag share a hopeful and timely message about what school can be when the focus shifts from content coverage to leadership, problem solving, and community connections. Plentiful examples from diverse contexts show young people learning by stepping up, taking action, making a difference.

Suzie Boss


Project-based learning advocate
Author, All Together Now: How to Engage Your Stakeholders in Reimagining School
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A clarion call for helping students build purpose, passions, and how they will contribute into schooling, which is critical if we are to enable all children to fulfill their human potential--and our societal possibilities.


Michael B. Horn


Co-founder, Clayton Christenson Institute for Disruptive Innovation


Author, Choosing College and Blended -- Michael B. Horn, Co-founder, Clayton Christenson Institute for Disruptive Innovation, and Author, Choosing College and Blended Vander Ark and Liebtag prove that the future of learning already is with us. It just happens to be scattered. Read this compelling and inspiring account of how 'difference making and learning' is at the heart of human purpose, and ask yourself what you can do in your own community to make learning have new and deep meaning. There has never been a time where our combined effort to change the fundamental of learning is so urgently needed.

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Michael Fullan


Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto -- Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto Difference Making at The Heart of Learning beautifully illustrates an educational vision that is simply common sense: If we want to improve the world, we must put that mission at the heart of the learning experience. When students are getting smart to do good for others, they care more, they work harder, and they become better human beings. This book shares inspiring examples from schools and systems all over the world that connect academic learning to civic contribution and the development of ethical character. What could be more important?

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Ron Berger


Chief Academic Officer, EL Education -- Ron Berger, Chief Academic Officer, EL Education In a time crisis, Vander Ark and Liebtag's latest book poses an urgent question: 'What if learning experiences were focused on making a difference in the world?' The book profiles more than 50 schools where students seek to find the difference they want to make and acquire the skills and knowledge they need along the way. Much more than a powerful call to action, this book represents a turning point in how we think about the purpose of education.


Tony Wagner


Best-selling author, The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators -- Tony Wagner, Best-selling author, The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators Education is on a journey of transformation and for the past decade Tom VanderArk and Emily Liebtag have been two of the very best guides. In their new book, they offer 'creating difference makers' as a meaningful vision for the future of education and in doing so not only provide a valuable roadmap but a powerful destination.

?Ken Kay, Co-founder, P21 and Edleader21

?Co-author, The Leaders Guide to 21st Century Education and Bold Moves for 21st Century Leaders -- Ken Kay, Co-founder, P21 and Edleader21; Co-author, The Leaders Guide to 21st Century Education and Bold Moves for 21st Century Leaders From global pandemics to income inequality, the world faces unprecedented challenges. Today's students may be ones to find a better way forward-but only if they develop their potential as problem solvers and change makers. In this book, Tom Vander Ark and Emily Liebtag share a hopeful and timely message about what school can be when the focus shifts from content coverage to leadership, problem solving, and community connections. Plentiful examples from diverse contexts show young people learning by stepping up, taking action, making a difference.

Suzie Boss
Project-based learning advocate


Author, All Together Now: How to Engage Your Stakeholders in Reimagining School -- Suzie Boss, Project-based learning advocate, Author, All Together Now: How to Engage Your Stakeholders in Reimagining School We all know that the current way of doing school needs an overhaul. This book provides inspiring examples and a compelling vision to put student contribution at the heart of learning. What a refreshing read!

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Julie H. Stern


Co-founder, Education to Save the World


Author, Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding and Visible Learning for Social Studies -- Julie H. Stern, Co-founder, Education to Save the World; Author, Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding and Visible Learning for Social Studies We too often focus solely on the what and hows of school; Difference Making at the Heart speaks to our collective WHY for school and community. It's equal parts inspiration to effect change and an actionable playbook to make a difference. Even reading by myself, I felt connected and bonded; I felt the urgent call to action and I felt surrounded by others feeling the same.

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Grant Knowles, Innovation Coordinator


Hamilton County Schools


Chattanooga, TN -- Grant Knowles, Innovation Coordinator, Hamilton County Schools
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