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 NAIS News

Social innovation e-course


Winter 2017

NAIS, in conjunction with TakingITGlobal, is offering schools the opportunity to explore the role of social innovation and entrepreneurship in supporting teachers’ and administrators’ professional learning and fostering 21st-century skills.

Education for Social Innovation is a blended learning e-course that provides K–12 educators with a grasp of essential concepts and techniques in the areas of design thinking, student voice, and global citizenship. The course involves a full-day live orientation session and four 90-minute online sessions over a two-month period, providing opportunities for reading, reflection, and experimentation with course concepts in the classroom.

Educators will have the opportunity to collaborate on project development among their schools. In addition, the program is designed to help participants:

  • discover how project-based learning can be used as a pedagogy to produce social innovation outcomes while meeting curriculum objectives;
  • gain experience with ideation and design-thinking pedagogy to unleash collaborative inquiry and problem-solving in students;
  • co-develop classroom-based social innovation project(s) with students on issues of local and/or global significance;
  • engage with key e-technologies behind authentic, humanizing approaches to social innovation to empower students as learners and leaders;
  • understand and apply tools of pedagogical documentation to support learning outcomes by making learning visible; and
  • learn how to develop and maintain partnerships to extend the classroom to the community and beyond.

Teachers (of any subject and at any grade level) as well as curriculum directors, deans of studies, and other administrators from NAIS-member schools are welcome to participate. This course will be offered only to NAIS-member and subscriber schools. A minimum of two participating educators from each school is ideal to ensure those engaged are able to support each other and grow momentum for innovative practices with their peers.

Registration deadline is January 18. For more information, go to or contact Ioana Wheeler, NAIS director of global initiatives, at

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