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Be part of a super big lesson plan. (And change the world while you’re at it.)

Some of the best days of the school year are when I get the chance to spend time with the #ESSDACK social studies PLC. Yesterday was one of those days. We talked about a ton of things including the idea of Twitter chats as a professional learning tool. Most of the group already have Twitter accounts and some like @JillWebs@thewarsnak@coachschutte, and @megan_nieman are more serious users. But it was fun working together with the whole group to do a sample online chat with everyone in the room at the same time, exploring the power of scheduled chats. Lots of learning and discussion.

But I’m always amazed at the rabbit hole that you can fall into once you start with the Twitters. And yesterday was no different. As several of us were exploring different social studies hashtags, I ran across something called the World’s Largest Lesson.

The goal of the WLL is simple – support and foster the idea of Sustainable Development Goals.

Several years ago, a ton of world leadership folks got together and finalized 17 different things that will make the world a better place. They titled them the Sustainable Development Goals.

Basic stuff like zero hunger, quality education, reduced inequalities, peace and justice. Yeah. The biggies. Saving the world kinds of things.

The cool thing is that they also developed a plan for actually finding ways to make it happen. To follow through and find solutions.

Another cool thing?

They want kids to help. So they developed the World’s Largest Lesson. Yep. Teachers and kids around the world, working together to impact change. I knew a bit about the SDGs but the WLL was new to me.

As part of Project Everyone, the World’s Largest Lesson is our chance to not just change the world but do other really important things too. You know . . . stuff like aligning your instruction to standards and supporting civic engagement.

Start by learning more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Explore the wide variety of lesson plans that the WLL staff has put together. You can search for lessons by each of the 17 goals or browse by grade levels – ages 4-8, 8-14, 14+.

Take a free online course to learn even more.

But you still might have some questions about what it can look like in practice. So check out some examples. Like this infographic:

You can find a ton of tools at the Global Goals Take Action page and its Girls Progress = Goals Progress page. You’ll find things like the Malala Fund, Let Girls Learn, Save the Children, and Design for Change.

Need some more? The #worldgeochat people had a recent Twitter chat on the topic, they posted this article with some specific content ideas, and #worldgeochat guru Chris Hefferman shared his Take Action Friday idea.

National standards like the NCSS C3 Framework ask kids to take “informed action.” The Kansans Can Vision asks us to help students become engaged citizens. What’s not to like? Align to standards. Integrate Civic Engagement ideas into your instruction. Change the world.

Seems like a no-brainer.

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