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:
- Our featured high school course, Philanthropy 101, is a summer course developed by The Westminster Schools, Atlanta.
- Food for Thought is a middle school interdisciplinary unit centered on the issue of food insecurity.
- Introduce students to their community with Urban EdVenture. While designed for 5th grade, the year-long course adapts easily to other grades.
- Teach another unit/lesson plan written by an independent schools teacher (see the green block below).
- Learn more about teaching philanthropy education through one of our Educator Mini-Courses that you take in your own time from your desktop in less than an hour. Start with one of these mini-courses: Teaching Philanthropy 101: A High School Course OR Teaching "Food for Thought": A Middle School Interdisciplinary Unit OR Teaching Urban Edventure: A Fifth-Grade Service-Learning Course
- Try a lesson plan from our general collection of 1,700 teacher-developed lessons (searchable by subject and grade-level).
- Share a course or lesson you developed with colleagues around the country and world (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Explore the Philanthropy Timeline created and donated by The Westminster Schools, Atlanta.