World Savvy Program Uses Design Thinking
Gabrielle Hedlund, Middle School English Teacher
World Savvy is a 7th grade program that asks students to research a serious issue that could be in their community or in another community or country. After researching their topic, students will offer a solution to create an impact.
The program uses design thinking, an approach that puts the people affected by the issue at the center. Students research and determine the stakeholders involved and consider their needs as they problem-solve. Design thinking helps develop empathy, compassion, research skills, and resilience. Solutions go through review phases before they are released. Even then, a solution may be reimagined if it does not work as planned.
In years past, students have worked on issues like the access to women's menstrual products, highlighting the luxury tax imposed in states such as California; LGBTQIA+ inclusion and belonging at Ecole Bilingue; water purification for coastal cities; and gun safety. This year, students are tackling a myriad of issues including access to health care on tribal reservations; technology access and equity in schools; and clean energy in home remodeling. Projects will be completed in early May—we plan to showcase them during the Student Spring Showcase. Stay tuned!
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