Learning to understand and recognize the value of experimental evidence in tackling today’s biggest social problems is an important educational opportunity. IPA has teamed up with educators to create a set of internationally-focused lesson plans that integrate examples of high-impact development interventions into standard kindergarden through 8th grade curriculum, with a current focus on grades 4-6. The topics will help children improve skills in math, science and social studies while enabling them to grow and develop a greater sense of global citizenship, as well as a more comprehensive view of global poverty and proven solutions to combat it.
Student volunteers are the foundation of this program, using their enthusiasm to share developmentally-appropriate ideas and lessons in an educational environment. Working along with their school’s Proven Impact Club or another similarly focused development club, student volunteers will have access to resources they can use to teach a development module either in class or after school. The program is growing to include more modules and lessons that are further adaptable for a variety of ages.
Interested in teaching in your community? You can download sample lesson plans here (and don't hesitate to send us feedback  from your teaching sessions!):
Lesson 1 : "Introduction to poverty and its causes"
Lesson 2 : "Poverty solutions"
Lesson 3 : "Around the world: Writing to a pen-pal abroad"
Meeting education standards : An example from the New Haven Unified School District