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Summer School Curriculum

Educating Young Changemakers

What is a Changemaker?

Someone who creates positive change by identifying what is most important and what is needed, taking action in the face of discomfort, using diversity as a strength, and supporting others in this practice.

At UWC ISAK Japan, we believe not only in the power of education, but also in the power of young people to become catalysts for positive change in the world around them.

Become a Changemaker

As a school, we aim to create an environment where students learn to understand and appreciate different perspectives, challenge themselves academically and emotionally, and develop their innate potential as leaders and changemakers.

According to this mission, and together with our outstanding Summer School Faculty, we have developed an exciting project-based curriculum full of inquiry and creation, tailored to make the most of students’ 13-day experience.

Leadership Practice

Bringing attention to WHAT IS IMPORTANT for yourself and for others

TAKING ACTION, independently and as part of a team, based on what is important

A DIVERSE environment that encourages approaching others with EMPATHY and seeking understanding of their circumstances

Applying design thinking and leadership principles through different media to CREATE CHANGE in yourself and your community

Culture, Identity, Diversity (CID)

Culture, Identity, Diversity (CID)
In this class, we will explore humanity through various systems of communication and the construction of community in order to critically analyze our positions in the world and create innovative solutions for how we can become catalysts for positive change.

Culture, Identity, Diversity (CID)

Culture, Identity, Diversity (CID)
In this class, we will explore humanity through various systems of communication and the construction of community in order to critically analyze our positions in the world and create innovative solutions for how we can become catalysts for positive change.

Design Thinking (DT)

Design Thinking is a creative problem-solving framework that centers on the humans for whom you are trying to design (your users). It focuses on building empathy to better understand what’s important to your users, and then prompting you to get creative about meeting those needs. It’s an iterative, intentional approach to creation which results in solutions that are more elegant and better suited for their users. It’s also best learned experientially, so we will be guiding students through group projects using design thinking that will directly affect their own experience at summer school and that of their classmates.

Design Thinking (DT)

Design Thinking is a creative problem-solving framework that centers on the humans for whom you are trying to design (your users). It focuses on building empathy to better understand what’s important to your users, and then prompting you to get creative about meeting those needs. It’s an iterative, intentional approach to creation which results in solutions that are more elegant and better suited for their users. It’s also best learned experientially, so we will be guiding students through group projects using design thinking that will directly affect their own experience at summer school and that of their classmates.

Mindful Leadership By Design (MLBD)

The goal of this class is to develop skills that help us better align our actions with our values. Leadership is the practice of focusing our attention and taking action based on what is important and what is most needed. Fundamental to the course is the principle that leadership is not a role, position or title, but a set of skills that can be practiced. The course offers skills for practicing leadership and invites our community to design an intentional daily practice for the duration of the Summer School.

Mindful Leadership By Design (MLBD)

The goal of this class is to develop skills that help us better align our actions with our values. Leadership is the practice of focusing our attention and taking action based on what is important and what is most needed. Fundamental to the course is the principle that leadership is not a role, position or title, but a set of skills that can be practiced. The course offers skills for practicing leadership and invites our community to design an intentional daily practice for the duration of the Summer School.

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