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Introducing the Newest Changemaker Schools

SIXTEEN new Changemaker Schools join Ashoka to inspire children to be changemakers!

By Start Empathy

June 17, 2013

Editor's Note: Learn about Changemaker Schools #1-5 here, #6-10 here, #27-38 here, and #39-60 here...

While schools across the country hosted the showcases, symposia, and other celebrations that come with the end of the year, the following schools were also taking the time to reflect on their practice through Ashoka’s Changemaker School selection process. We would like to introduce the sixteen newest Changemaker Schools, who hail from 13 different cities across the US:

Academy for Global Citizenship: Chicago, IL – Located on the Southwest side of Chicago, Academy for Global Citizenship’s “innovative and holistic approach to education aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates our future generations.”



Bridport Central School: Bridport, VT – A small school in rural Vermont, Bridport Central School has developed everything from a community directory documenting their town’s talents that can be shared with the school to a dynamic partnership with Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Middlebury College.


Brooklyn New School/P.S. 146: Brooklyn, NY – A school community dedicated to wellness, empathy, and sustainability, Brooklyn New School uses project-based learning rooted in social studies and science questions to inspire children as life-long learners and creators of meaning.



Cunningham Elementary School: Austin, TX – An exemplary Second Step school and a leader in Austin Independent School District’s partnership with CASEL, Cunningham Elementary is successfully cultivating its students as leaders with a firm foundation in social, emotional, and academic competence.


Cypress Hills Community School/P.S. 89: Brooklyn, NY – Led by both a principal and a parent co-director, Cypress Hills Community School is a leader in engaging parents in their students’ growth as scholars and active citizens.


Granville T. Woods Elementary School/P.S. 335: Brooklyn, NY – A Peace First school and a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Granville T. Woods has shown that by meeting the social and emotional needs of children and treating them as leaders, they will grow as scholars.


J. Erik Jonsson Community School: Dallas, TX – A model laboratory school in the Oak Cliff Neighborhood of Dallas, J. Erik Jonsson Community School uses neuroscience and mindfulness education to support the academic learning and leadership development of its students.


John Stanford International School: Seattle, WA – An award-winning Seattle public elementary school in the Wallingford neighborhood, John Stanford International School uses a dual language program in Spanish and Japanese to create a culturally diverse community of life-long learners.


Lighthouse Community Charter School: Oakland, CA – Serving a population of students that has been historically underserved by the traditional public school system, Lighthouse Community Charter School uses whole child education to prepare its students for the college and career of their choice.


Lusher Charter School: New Orleans, LA – Lusher has been in the vanguard of innovative and successful schools in Louisiana and has provided leadership through example in providing a high-quality, whole child education in post-Katrina New Orleans.



Malcolm X Elementary School: Berkeley, CA – Living by the school’s motto of “Together We Can,” Malcolm X. Elementary uses the pillars of arts integration and diversity to prepare their students as empathic leaders.



North Glendale Elementary School: St. Louis, MO – An elementary school in the Kirkwood area of St. Louis, North Glendale is a leader in its district for educating students as global problem-solvers who havethe empathy and understanding to develop meaningful solutions to community problems.


Nueva School: Hillsborough, CA – An international leader in social and emotional learning and design-thinking education, Nueva School is on the cutting edge of educating its students as innovators – preschool and now, through high school.


Opal School: Portland, OR – Chartered by the Portland Children’s Museum, Opal Charter School “is grounded in the belief that education opens opportunities for all children to participate in creating and shaping their own lives and to contribute to the quality of life around them.”


San Diego Cooperative Charter School: San Diego, CA – A community partner of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus the University of San Diego, San Diego Cooperative Charter School is truly a San Diego County-wide leader in enabling teachers, students, and parents to be creative leaders.


Urban Montessori Charter School: Oakland, CA – Creatively combining Montessori education and design thinking with a commitment to equity, Urban Montessori is leading the way in rethinking education.


These 16 new Changemaker Schools join the 10 that came before them. If you know an elementary school that values empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving as much as academics, please nominate them for the Changemaker Schools Network here!