Authentic Projects Can Address the World’s Central Needs

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Michael Niehoff
Education Content Coordinator

Cats or dogs?

Definitely dogs.

If you could be an animal, what animal would you be and why?

A goat because of their undying tenacity and personality.

What are your favorite three foods?

Tacos, sushi, and schnitzel.

What is the “why” for this week’s “Making Magic”?

For those who are continually advocating for a complete redesign of our education system, there are many potential areas of focus. Some are now suggesting that standards may be the last bastion of a dying educational ecosystem. Many, including myself, are suggesting that the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals could be just the answer. These are 17 goals that the UN developed in 2015 and set international targets for 2030 around the world’s most central needs (poverty, hunger, health and wellness, education, equality and inequality, water and sanitation, climate, land use, sustainability, peace and justice, energy, infrastructure and industry, economic growth, responsible production and consumption, as well as partnerships for the goals). These are templates to provide relevant, real-world problem-solving opportunities for learners of all ages to address global and local issues.

This Week’s Focus:

Authentic Learning with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

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How can we increase project authenticity by incorporating the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

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There is a movement around this from educators all over the world. They have a hashtag and mean business. Check out the resources at #TeachSDGs.

UNESCO has prepared educational resources for free as well.

Do you know all of the 17 SDGs? Check out this video to learn more:

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Being Makers is a team of change-making leaders from Maker Learning Network and iLEAD Schools focused on project-based learning and social-emotional growth.
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