Hearts on Fire's Educational Initiative was launched in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves and Microsoft's Skype in the Classroom with the goal of helping students identify their own inner fire to #BeTheSpark and make a difference in their own communities.
Learn to teach social change in the classroom!
This 2-hour online course, created in partnership with Microsoft’s Skype in the Classroom, is for teachers who want to learn how to teach about social change and get a deeper understanding on how to teach empathy through storytelling. Complete with several modules and free downloadable resources, videos as well as guided exercises, this course provides tools to inspire leadership and the pursuit of career paths guided by ethics and values.
Complete the online Professional Development course for teachers here.
Read Fourteen Inspiring Stories that launched the Hearts on Fire Social Change Movement
Stories included in the Hearts on Fire book have had a lasting impact on causes about which these Visionaries are passionate. What ignited that passion? How did the Visionaries move from passion to action? And how can learning about the experiences of others help us identify our own inner fire and take steps to make a difference in our own communities? *Additional stories included on the Featured Visionaries page.
Click here to request the educator passcode for the free e-book.
Equip students with the tools to become social change leaders!
Unlock students’ minds & help them identify their own inner fire with The Hearts on Fire Teacher’s guide, written by Daniel Braunfeld of Facing History and Ourselves and Jill Iscol of the IF Hummingbird Foundation. The Teacher’s Guide can be used to deepen students’ investigation into the lives, choices, and motivations of Hearts on Fire Visionaries and Speakers. Prompts and activities are included for whole-group discussion and can be used to prepare your students for a Skype session with a Hearts on Fire Speaker.
Download the Hearts on Fire Teacher’s Guide here!
Book a speaker! Inspire your students by connecting with social change rock stars around the globe.
Bring a Hearts on Fire guest speaker to your classroom with Skype in the Classroom (SITC) and change students’ perceptions about the impact one person can have on the world. With 235 countries engaged, SITC goes beyond the walls of the classroom and transports students to other parts of the globe.
Register for Skype in the Classroom and book a Hearts on Fire Classroom Speaker here! Please find downloadable stories below.
Downloadable Stories of Resilience, Passion & Leadership
These personal stories of social change leaders focus on a variety of issue areas: immigrants & refugees, access to quality education & healthcare, poverty, hunger, domestic & sexual violence, to name a few. All of these leaders have experienced obstacles and have turned their pain into passion for action. These stories are intended to be used in conjunction with the Teacher’s Guide to prepare students for their session with a Hearts on Fire Classroom Speaker.
Download the speaker stories here.
Discover ways to spark change in your world!
Inspire your students to take action and make a difference in their own communities using the Be the Spark online platform. Just like the Visionaries and Speakers, the first step in becoming a change-maker is to understand who you are and define what matters to you.
Have your students text ImASpark to 82257 to begin their social change journey.
Contact us to find out more about bringing Hearts on Fire to your classroom. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org