“The project has helped me see that I have a responsibility to be a change agent for teaching and learning.”
— teacher middle school
Classrooms and schools are facing challenges every single day, from teacher feedback systems to daily schedules. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of scale—the challenges educators are confronted with are real, complex, and varied. And as such, they require new perspectives, new tools, and new approaches. That's why hallemavanloon started the movement passieopzuid.
To entertain, to share common experiences, to teach, and to pass on traditions we used storytelling. We started with establishing a movement of passionate educators, which all did great things for their students. We led classess in storytelling to learn them how to bring their experiences alive in a story which were put on a blog. Last but not least through a series of mini-events, we collaboratively collected the needs and interests of learners, teachers, and families and engaged the larger community to imagine new solutions that could help the school be more effective. The adopted plans captured the community’s priorities in new content and structures, and is enabling schools and community to prototype and iterate core curriculum, character education, and support services.
The project strengthened the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.