By: Courtney Klein, Co-Founder & CEO of SEED SPOT
Today’s educators face a number of challenges when preparing students for life outside the classroom. These challenges are centered around one universal truth; the nature of work and success has changed drastically in our society. The focus has moved away from hard skills and rote material as these sorts of tasks are easily and readily automated. Instead, employers eagerly look for candidates who are excellent leaders, team players, communicators, and problem solvers.
By that same token, today’s students are hungry for creative methods of instruction, which allow them to collaborate with peers, solve big problems, and change the shape of society. It’s no secret that technology is critical to the engagement and participation of many students. After all, information is our most vital resource, and technology can be employed to access that information and develop knowledge.
Thus, the need to facilitate and foster the development of 21st-century skills is certainly real. However, educators also need a framework that is both flexible enough to meet the interests of individual students and comprehensive enough to suit today’s educational climate.
Such a framework does exist, and it can be harnessed to make changes in and outside the classroom. Enter social entrepreneurship.
What Is Social Entrepreneurship and How is It Disrupting Education?
Social entrepreneurship can be characterized by a desire to develop and bring accessible, tangible solutions to real-world problems through innovation, technology, and optimism. Social entrepreneurs focus on the greater good of our global society rather than the bottom line.
Why does this form of entrepreneurship matter in education? When employed correctly, social entrepreneurship allows for the development of 21st-century skills and falls in line with real world, hands-on educational methods.
At their core, these entrepreneurs are excellent learners and demonstrate a desire to understand the full complexity of an issue or topic in order to discover a solution. More than an educational trend, social entrepreneurship offers value to students as it reflects the needs and status of today’s society while allowing them to provide value to others in their community as well.
How Social Entrepreneurship Can Galvanize the Community
Community involvement is one of the most critical aspects of successful social entrepreneurship. Community mentors have the potential to transform student learning by demonstrating to students how what they learn in the class truly connect with the world outside those walls.
Consequently, it’s important for students to have more than a basic understanding of how a business operates. For the biggest return on investment, students need connections with mentors, advisory board members, and potential partners. These professionals can provide them with roadmaps and guidelines of business culture.
Become a Center of Excellence in Innovation
This entrepreneurial journey begins by transforming your high school into a center of excellence in innovation. While it may sound like a tall order, schools across the country are doing just that with the help of our social entrepreneurship training program.
The cross-disciplinary curriculum, teacher training, online resources, and access to national mentors provided by our program guides educators and students while they tap into those 21st century-skills and values.
Watch the concepts of leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving come to life in these recent Demo Day pitches. As you’ll see, these students pinpoint real, identifiable problems in society and skillfully highlight solutions to benefit the greater good.
If you’d like to learn more about how SEED SPOT NEXT can bring innovation and educational excellence to your school district, reach out to our team today.