Independent Schools Resources

Courses and lessons uniquely designed for independent schools to develop hearts and minds

The mission statements and strategic plans of independent schools reflect a commitment to developing students’ minds as well as their hearts.

In so many ways across disciplines, co-curriculars, and programs, schools foster in students the knowledge, skills, and values of engaging in their communities and contributing to the common good.

Through the Learning to Give courses and lessons for independent schools, you will find creative examples of teaching and learning that develop students’ 21st century competencies – like collaboration, problem solving, global awareness, and analysis – while equipping students to give, serve, and take citizen action to better their world.

Enjoy this work of your peers or share what you’ve created with other educators:

  • Explore these independent school courses and units: 
  1. Our featured high school course, Philanthropy 101, is a summer course developed by The Westminster Schools, Atlanta.
  2. Food for Thought is a middle school interdisciplinary unit centered on the issue of food insecurity.
  3. Introduce students to their community with Urban EdVenture. While designed for 5th grade, the year-long course adapts easily to other grades.
  4. Teach another unit/lesson plan written by an independent schools teacher (see the green block below).
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Lessons Written by Independent School Educators

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Lessons Written by Independent School Educators

These lessons and units were written and field tested by independent and private school educators. They cover a variety of philanthropy topics and include activities, such as an international festival, literature studies, examining historical biographies, persuasive writing, and filming a community philanthropist's story. 

Teacher-created philanthropy education lessons magnify the impact of any academic content with themes of generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility. Perfect base for PBL, service-learning, and student-centered instruction. Lessons align to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

Issue-Related Lesson Plans, Community Resources, and Project Ideas

Browse the topics below to help your planning. Each Issue Area colored block below contains related K-12 lesson plans to build knowledge, community connections, and empathy.

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Courses and lessons uniquely designed for independent schools to develop hearts and minds. Through the Learning to Give courses and lessons for independent schools, you will find creative examples of teaching and learning that develop students’ 21st century competencies – like collaboration, problem solving, global awareness, and analysis – while equipping students to give, serve, and take citizen action to better their world.

These resources are for adults who want to teach youth about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Use these activities to build a culture of cooperation and service while learning about civic responsibility, problem-solving, board service, philanthropy, leadership, and grant-making.

Briefing Papers provide teachers and middle and high school students, as well as nonprofit professionals, abbreviated snapshots of significant concepts, people, and organizations related to philanthropy.

Our picture book and teen novel guides combine selected literature with thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and civic engagement. The featured books raise issues like respect, caring, giving, honoring diversity, adversity, helping others, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship.