What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Students' artwork has been displayed throughout Dayton and students have reported an increased awareness, understanding, and appreciation for international events as a result of this unit.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
As we repeat the project for this school year, we hope to begin raising funds for other organizations in addition to the learning benefits that students experience by going through this integrated unit. We expect modest amounts of money raised, but hope to increase this amount as the project is repeated on a yearly basis.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
While attending the National Council for the Social Studies conference in 2010 in Denver, CO, I listened to a speaker explain that you can't simply teach about the depressing events of the 20th century-there has to be an outlet for students to see how we can learn from the mistakes of the past. This unit was created to help students understand the historical, emotional, psychological, sociological, and cultural barriers to peace so that they can identify those barriers and speak out against them, whether on an international, national, or local scale. After coming home from the conference I sat down with the Language Arts teacher to figure out how we could provide an outlet for students to express themselves, and she came up with the idea of talking with the Art teacher, and from there it turned into a unit that not only provided students with an expressive outlet for their emotions, but also helps provide funding to organizations that are seeking to end conflicts around the world.