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Student Voices to Improve Our World

Horning Middle School teachers and students are actively looking for ways to improve the world around them through increasing student discourse and action! Two, must-see websites are below:

Global Goals 2030...Some Background...

On September 25 of this year, the 193-Member United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.

“The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms – an agenda for the planet, our common home."

The UN chief’s address came ahead of the Assembly’s formal adoption of the new framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.

The Summit opened with a full program of events, including a screening of the film The Earth From Space, performances by UN Goodwill Ambassadors Shakira and Angelique Kidjo, as well as call to action by female education advocate and the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai along with youth representatives as torch bearers to a sustainable future.

In his opening address to the Assembly, which also marks the Organization’s 70th anniversary, the UN chief hailed the new framework as an agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership. “It conveys the urgency of climate action. It is rooted in gender equality and respect for the rights of all.”

Mr. Ban urged the world leaders and others convened at the event to successfully implement the Global Goals or Agenda 30 by launching ‘renewed global partnership.’

“The 2030 Agenda compels us to look beyond national boundaries and short-term interests and act in solidarity for the long-term. To win a prize, be the first person to talk to Mr. Wegner in person about your upcoming holiday vacation.

Students and teachers are also encouraged to get involved through the website - https://www.tes.com/worldslargestlesson/. All the lesson plans, videos, and international connections are provided for you! Would be a perfect resource for any class!

Below are images and videos from the websites. Can't stress enough how powerful this message is for students! Creates a sense of urgency for our students, teachers, parents, and community! Think of the possibilities for collaboration, inquiry, discourse, and authentic experiences!

Some examples to consider:

-8th grade Humanities students analyzing the language found here: Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, comparing/contrasting it to the Declaration of Independence, and then creating a plan of action to solve a global issue.

-6th and 7th grade HAWK Time classes speaking, listening, writing, and reading about these issues, choosing one to focus on, and then organizing to solve it.

-Parent and community members being brought in to work with students

-Partnering with other community organizations to solve a problem

-Interdisciplinary units created (by teams of students and teachers - see Youth Summit information below!) to solve a problem

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Videos to Inspire Students:

'We The People' for The Global Goals

Horning Middle School's D.R.E.A.M.S. Club, organized by Melanie Hernandez...

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Youth Summit 2015...Student Discourse to Create and Implement Lessons and Units

The Waukesha School District Youth Summit took place on Friday, December 18. Students engaged in dialogue about personalized learning, heard from other students, and worked with their teachers to create a lesson or unit of study. These plans were then shared in a gallery walk style with their peers, teachers, district administrators, and a Waukesha school board member.

Congratulations to Krista Krauter and Jeffrey Taege for receiving the Trailblazer Award at the 2015 Personalized Learning Convening!

Check out the Convening agenda and speakers @ https://sites.google.com/a/cesa1.k12.wi.us/2015-personalized-learning-convening/.

To register for personalized learning resources, click here: http://www.cesa1.k12.wi.us/institute/designdevelop/personalized-learning.cfm.

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