Peking University High School International Division:Empathy in Practice
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Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools To Teach What Matters.
We are interested in educating global citizens and social entrepreneurs. We would like to form partnerships with non-profit organizations around the world.
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Peking University High School
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Privada (mensalidade paga)
Há quanto tempo sua organização está em operação?
Entre 1 e 5 anos
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Crescimento (seu piloto está em andamento e começa a se expandir)
Há quanto tempo seu projeto está em atividade?
Em execução entre 1 e 5 anos
A necessidade: Qual é o problema que você está tentando resolver?
As the China transitions from a manufacturing labor-intensive economy into a knowledge-based creative economy, Chinese education needs to transition from a test-oriented system into one that develops the ability of students to think critically and to work collaboratively. But while there’s a growing consensus within China that schools need to start emphasizing empathy, there’s widespread disagreement on how to best do so, or if, given China’s cultural and political context, that’s even possible. Our goal is to show that emphasizing empathy in curriculum is indeed possible, and that doing so has positive education outcomes.
A Solução: Qual é a sua solução? Seja específico!
Our school takes a holistic experiential approach to teaching empathy, creating situations that forces students to develop their own individual identity while learning to appreciate the feelings and viewpoints of others. Our school policies are the foundation: We discourage standardized testing, competition, and results, and instead emphasize individuality, diversity, and process. Curriculum-wise, we emphasize reading, especially fiction (traditionally the best way to teach empathy to students). We also emphasize drama and journalism, which forces students to constantly switch perspectives. We also try to develop global citizenship by sending our students to unfamiliar countries, such as Botswana, where our students expand their cultural horizons, challenge their prejudices, and learn to appreciate helping others while tutoring disabled children (read our student’s blog here: http://blog.sina.com.cn/ourvoices2011). What accounts for the emotional intelligence of our school is th
O Modelo: Demonstre através de um exemplo específico como sua solução faz a diferença; inclua suas atividades primárias
We emphasize teaching Chinese students how read and write effectively in English.
In our reading class, we first teach students how to properly read an English text such as John Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent by understanding plot, characterization, and symbolism. Most Chinese students have never read an English book before, but our students persist and they eventually are able to read English books.
But reading the book is only the preamble to a much more difficult challenge: To work together in groups to deconstruct the text, formulate a thesis, support it with evidence and logic, and write a literary essay. Our students’ biggest problem is working in groups, and as a class we discuss group dynamic (understanding and effectively using each team member’s strengths) and effective communication skills (how to debate using evidence and logic, and how to offer advice and feedback that’s constructive and not personal).
We take as much time as necessary so that every group can turn in its best work. Also, we have the groups read and edit each other’s essays so that the entire class is working together. At the end of this process, our students learn to appreciate the value of teamwork. We also find that by taking our time and eliminating competition our students can be at their most creative.
O Mercado: Quem são os seus pares e concorrentes? Identificar os outros que também estão trabalhando para solucionar as mesmas necessidades que você e o que você faz de diferente em relação a eles. Quais seriam os desafios impostos por esses concorrentes que impactariam no seu sucesso ou crescimento?
As a public institution that prepares Chinese students for study in American colleges and universities, we have hundreds of peers and competitors in China. What makes us distinctive is our holistic and progressive education approach that emphasizes developing student’s individuality, creativity, and empathy. Our competition sees its mission statement as securing college placements for its students, and thus emphasizes test-taking skills for the SAT Reasoning Test, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. Right now, our biggest challenge is how the market defines success (getting students into top American colleges); we feel that emphasizing short-term results contradicts our mission to educate Chinese students as global citizens & partners
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Defina sua organização, programa, serviço ou produto em 1-2 frases. [140 caracteres]
We promote individuality, creativity, and empathy in the class,aims to educate China’s next generation of educators, writers, & thinkers
Identifique o que é inovador na sua solução em 1-2 frases. [136 caracteres]
We envision school as a community of learners where our teachers & students collaborate together to make mistakes,learn from them.
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Qual foi o impacto da sua solução até hoje?
We are constantly featured in the Chinese media, and have a website where each week we file a report on our progress. We understand that we are an education experiment, and that to help promote reform in Chinese schools we must be open, clear, and honest about our difficulties and our weaknesses. Our biggest impact is that we are demonstrating that education reform is indeed possible in China.Our students have improved greatly as individuals as well: They are happier, more confident, more creative, more curious, and more motivated to learn. Our parents were at first skeptical, but now they are actively promoting our program in their social networks.
Qual é a sua expectativa de impacto para os próximos 1 - 3 anos?
We would like to start a debate in China as to the meaning of education. Most Chinese think that education is about getting students into top colleges, but for us education is about teaching students to be global citizens and life-long learners. We want to challenge the traditional notions of education, parenting, and success in China.
Quais são as barreiras que podem impedir o sucesso do seu projeto? Como você planeja superá-las?
Chinese cultural values are dominant and persistent, but we do hope to impact a minority of parents and students who believe in our progressive education. The best way to do that is to educate our students to the best of our ability, and to be honest and forthcoming about our mistakes so that our students and our parents are learning from the experiment as much as we are.
As inscrições vencedoras apresentam um plano sólido sobre como vão alcançar e acompanhar o crescimento do projeto. Identifique as metas de seis meses para aumentar seu impacto.
In six months, we would like to be so well-known in China that we focus the education reform debate in China.
Identifique as três maiores atividades que você terá de completar para obter a meta estabelecida para os seis (6) meses
Augment student recruitment
Emphasize student outreach and impact
Engage the media and Chinese public
Agora pense grande! Identifique qual seria sua meta de impacto para 12 meses
We want Chinese schools and social entrepreneurs to emulate our model, learning from us while working with us to adapt our model
Identifique as três maiores atividades que você terá de completar para obter a meta estabelecida para os doze (12) meses
See our first graduating class go to America, and perform well.
Build up from a program into a full-fledged school that’s sustainable.
Build systems and processes that are scalable.
História: Queremos saber mais sobre o momento de descoberta desta solução. Conte-nos a história sobre onde e quando o(s) fundador(res) vislumbrou(aram) o potencial desta solução para mudar o mundo. [125 palavras]
I’m a Chinese-Canadian, born in China, raised in Toronto, and educated at Yale College. I’ve always believed in the power of education to transform lives; My father washed dishes for a living, but through persistence and hard work in the Canadian public school system I won a scholarship to study at Yale. After graduation in 1999 I went to Beijing to teach in the public school system, but became disappointed in the rigidity and narrow-mindedness of China’s test-oriented education system.In 2008, I visited a friend, Wang Zheng, who was principal of a high school in Shenzhen, China. Many of his students were now planning to leave the Chinese education system in order to study abroad, and I could see an opportunity to impact Chinese education positively.Also, there’s growing concern within the Chinese government that its schools must begin emphasizing creativity if the Chinese economy is to be competitive in the 21st century global marketplace.
Por favor, explique de que forma o estabelecimento de parcerias é importante para o sucesso de sua inovação
We work with many non-profit partners to provide the best possible education for our students. In the summertime, the Hotchkiss School provides three weeks of a theater and literature program, and Lawrence Academy provides three weeks of outdoor education (hiking, camping, canoeing, and biking). In the wintertime, we send our students to exchange schools around the world; our students were just as the Maru-a-Pula School in Botswana, and we plan to send them to schools in Jordan and Colombia in the future.
Qual o perfil da equipe (colaboradores, voluntários etc.) que vai garantir o cumprimento das metas de crescimento identificadas por você na seção ‘Impacto Social’?
Our school is a community, and our teachers, parents, and students work together closely to spread our message as well as create the best educational opportunities for our students. We are always looking to recruit individuals who share our ideals and passion, but we are careful also not to dilute our culture by growing unsustainably.
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We are interested in educating global citizens and social entrepreneurs. We would like to form partnerships with non-profit organizations around the world where our students could volunteer. We are always interested in partnering with schools around the world on student exchange programs.
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