Systems Thinking spurs teacher collaboration, excites families, and engages all learners; it’s research-based and correlates with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
Systems Thinking provides a common language and set of teaching tools to promote collaboration within and across grade-level and disciplinary teams. Becoming a member of Systems Thinking Schools connects teachers and administrators with a diverse network of practitioners who share ideas, insights, and successes.
Can improve student outcomes
Public schools that first adopted Systems Thinking report a correlation with higher state test scores and a greater re-classification of English Learners. Teachers at these Systems Thinking Schools also note more vibrant class discussions, student curiosity, and enthusiasm for learning since shifting their practice.
Parents respond positively to Systems Thinking: Hearing their children’s enthusiasm about learning and seeing the visuals they create to document it. Families welcome the intellectual edge that Systems Thinking will provide their children throughout their lives and the satisfaction that their school does far more than ‘teach to the test.’
Systems Thinking has had a long history within the natural and organizational sciences (see Donella Meadows and Peter Senge) and, more recently, in schools (see Cabrera & Cabrera and Curwen et al). It is also integral to the emergent field of Systemic Sustainability Education (see Davis et al) that can positively affect our world’s future.