The DoRight Leadership Corps: Extending School Learning Beyond the Classroom
For grades 6-11
The DoRight Leadership Corps is a middle and high school curricular program that highlights youth empowerment and action on real world issues of sustainability, climate, social justice, ethics and entrepreneurship. The curriculum is highly interdisciplinary and project-based, emphasizing the application of all core academics in the work.
This workshop is highly relevant for individual core academic teachers as well as interdisciplinary teacher teams. Teachers are provided with the resources and guidance to construct their own version of the DoRight Leadership Corps Program that is specific to their teaching context, learning outcome targets and standards goals. Possibilities range from individual supplemental subject specific lessons to full interdisciplinary project-based unit coordination between core academic teacher teams.
About the DoRight Curricular Program
All curricular activities and lessons in DoRight place high emphasis on deep authentic inquiry and constructivist learning. The full DoRight sequence begins with inquiry into self–values, personal interests, etc.–and extends to taking measure of the current state of the planet and society. On a “need to know basis” through a wide assortment of activities students pursue the study of sustainability and climate, current state of the planet, ecological science, supply chains, systems thinking, and economics, all while utilizing the knowledge and skills from academic subject areas—math, science, social studies and English, as key tools. The culminating project places students in the role of “consultants” of the DoRight Leadership Corps “consulting firm” where they choose to work in one or more of the three DoRight action departments: 1) “DoRight Consulting”, conducting sustainability assessments and analysis of chosen “clients” in the community providing advice on how to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs, and lower environmental impact. 2) Legislative Action, conducting advocacy campaigns for legislation at the local, state and federal levels, and 3) Public Relations, developing creative communication projects—documentary films, teach-ins, art projects, letters to newspapers, etc. Students’ focus in any project context is based on a chosen issue area (sustainability, climate, social justice, and more). Students learn essential skills of entrepreneurship and professionalism for all business applications as well as core competencies and knowledge base for jobs in the emerging “green” economy.
The DoRight program was designed by Scott Beall and has been taught in public and private schools as well as homeschool settings since 2005. Visit the menu options on this site for more information, testimonials, examples of student work and full curricular map with lesson plan examples.