“You need the discipline to confront the brutal facts of reality, while retaining resolute faith that you can and will create a path to greatness.”Jim Collins, Good to Great
In our rapidly evolving world, the only constant is change. Meeting (and exceeding) new standards for global education in this reality is a challenging endeavor, and requires a consistent willingness to listen to our stakeholders, try out new programming options, learn from our mistakes, and iterate for continuous improvement.
At Envoys, we regularly engage in design thinking challenges, involving both internal and external stakeholders, in order to drive our work forward. Using precepts and processes created by IDEO and the Design School of Stanford University, we’ve been able to unlock creativity and gain new perspectives on ‘big issues’ (and have a lot of fun!)
If you are interested in being involved in a future design workshop at Envoys, please contact us!
The Discovery Process
Following our mission to push global education forward, Envoys assists innovative school leaders to discover the extent to which the school’s vision for global education has been borne out through programming and catalyze conversations around the purpose, form, and content of future programs. If you are interested in having Envoys visit your school to begin this process, please contact us!
We obtain information about the expectations regarding global education programs on the part of faculty, administration, parents, students, and other stakeholders.
We bring together the team of individuals who wish to be a part of integrating global education throughout the school curriculum, and willing to put the time in to ‘get it right.’
Conducting structured protocols is the optimal method to reveal and clarify thinking around such potentially ambiguous concepts as global citizenship, cultural competency, empathy, global significance, and international awareness.
Listening to Critics
A critical step in this juncture involves engagement with skeptics and critical voices. This allows us to avoid the trap of groupthink, and to ensure that plans stand up to review.
The data points and protocol outcomes become the basis for a frank and detailed assessment of both the successes and the challenges of the school’s approach to global education.
We take stock together and move forward, building upon what exists with what is possible for future programming. By placing these reports in context with the extant literature, we ensure that future plans are based on sound pedagogy and research.