Social entrepreneurs envision and manage the future by tackling the existential environmental, social, and political issues of our time. In this class, students discover what it means to be a successful social entrepreneur as they learn how to define problems, devise solutions for impact, identify opportunities to affect change, envision the future, and turn their ideas into action. Students learn about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as they select an environmental or societal problem they want to address. In their capstone project, students put their new entrepreneurial skills into practice by researching and proposing a potential solution to one of the grand challenges they have identified. The primary objective of this course is to equip students with the skills and approaches to navigate and be change agents in a rapidly changing, complex future.
"This course has inspired me to think about solutions to problems in our everyday lives that impact my community and beyond. The skills I have learned from this course and the entrepreneurs I studied in this course I will apply and use in my life.”
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What Happens In The Second Semester?
Students wishing to pursue an entrepreneurship project may enroll in the course for the full year. For students continuing into Semester II, the course shifts into personalized, project-based work, where students engage in deep, sustained inquiry, authentic and iterative research, critical analysis, and rigorous reflection, revision, and assessment as they journey through a self-designed, long-term activism, design, or research project on the topic of their choosing. Guided by a One Schoolhouse teacher, students pursue individual study/self-assessment or collaborative seminar/peer-review. Pathway options from which students choose include:
- Spring Activism Seminar: In this seminar, students identify a need and create a plan to effect economic, environmental, political, or social change in a target community. Utilizing a social science approach to research and evaluation, students are guided through the process of planning the deployment of a novel idea and identifying markers of success. Students may create a strategic plan for a club or non-profit or design an artistic product in this seminar.
- Spring Design Seminar: In this seminar, students design a technological solution to a real-world problem. Through the engineering design process/scientific method, students gather and analyze data to determine the effectiveness of their model or the accuracy of their hypothesis. Students may prototype and produce a public product in this seminar.
- Spring Research Seminar: In this seminar, students answer a theoretical or ethical question. Utilizing the social science/humanities tools for source evaluation, students collect, critique, and evaluate artifacts or primary source documents to explore their thesis. Students may create a written or multimedia product in this seminar.