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Difference Making at the Heart of Learning

Students, Schools, and Communities Alive With Possibility
By: Tom Vander Ark, Emily Liebtag

Foreword by Larry Rosenstock

Diverse case studies and a framework based on timely issues help educators focus students’ talents and interests on developing an entrepreneurial mindset and leadership skills.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071814857
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 136
  • Publication date: October 21, 2020

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Your students will change the world!

Today’s learners know they face a complex future. They yearn to live in a world where people are working with purpose, leading with character and making a difference. Learning to identify problems and use smart tools to develop meaningful solutions will help them make a difference in their families, their communities and for society.

They need your help. This inspirational, yet practical guide shows educators how to build on students’ own talents and interests to develop their desire for a better world, entrepreneurial mindset and personal leadership skills. Features include:

  • New learning priorities centered around making a difference
  • A framework based on the 25 most important issues of our time
  • Examples and case studies from a diverse range of projects, people, and places
Students learn more when they feel a sense of purpose. With adults like you to guide them, they’ll be ready to make a difference—and shape the world to come.

Key features

This book will provide education leaders and teachers with a guide to:
  • Helping teachers and schools adjust to new educational priorities
  • Developing entrepreneurial skills in students
  • Helping students identify problems in society and develop meaningful solutions
  • Helping students recognize their gifts and talents, and what they can contribute to the world around them
  • Community Toolkit to help individual teachers and system leaders get started
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Thanks to Difference Makers

About the Authors


Part I: We’re All in This Together

Chapter 1: A New Mutuality

Dislocation and Concentration

Curbing the Misuse of Smart Machines

New and Different Challenges

The New Mutuality

No Better Time to Make a Difference

Chapter 2: We Thrive by Contributing

Contribution Is Ancient Wisdom

Teaching Civic Virtues

What If Impacting the World Was the Goal?

Difference Making Is Motivating

The Psychology Behind Making a Difference

Difference Making Is Easier Than Ever

The Coming Social Economy

Contribution Builds Communities

Chapter 3: Earth Owner’s Manual

Driving Questions

25 Most Important Issues of Our Time

How to Get Started

Part II: Everyone Has a Big Next Step

Chapter 4: Learning to Lead

New Priorities

Equity at the Heart of Leadership

Building Personal Effectiveness

Developing Agency

Cultivating Global Citizenship

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Exercising Collaboration

Design Thinking

New Priorities Power Community Change

Chapter 5: Purpose Powers Contribution

On Calling

Passion as a Skill

Chapter 6: Communities of Contribution

Leadership and Service

Technology and Design

Health, Food, and Nature


The Arts

The Emerging Social Economy

Part III: Difference Making: Schools Alive With Possibility

Chapter 7: A New History

A Return to Place and Purpose

Chapter 8: Contribution at the Core

Difference Making as the Priority

Time and Support for Difference Making

Community-Connected Contribution

Difference Making With an Equity Commitment

Educators as Difference Makers

Chapter 9: Colleges for Contribution

The College Identity Crisis

Enabling Contribution in Health Sciences

The Case for Contribution in College

The University of Difference Making

Engineering for Impact

Climate Action

Learn and Earn

New Roads to Contribution






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