The IMPACT Framework
A framework is essential to unite, sync, and link schools for several reasons, contributing to consistency, focus, vision, sustainability, and success in the education system. Here are some key reasons:
Consistency in Curriculum and Pedagogy
Shared Vision and Goals
Efficient Resource Allocation
Professional Development and Teacher Training
Assessment and Accountability
Data-Driven Decision Making
Without a framework, brilliant ideas in one place and outstanding innovations in another may remain isolated concepts. The cohesive structure of an educational framework connects these intellectual islands, allowing great ideas to unite, synchronize, and collectively shape the foundation of a transformative and impactful education system.
The IMPACT framework offers a robust and comprehensive approach to education, addressing academic knowledge, critical skills, and perspectives necessary for success in a rapidly changing world. By focusing on the five pillars and compass points, IMPACT provides a roadmap for schools to prepare students to navigate and contribute to the challenges and opportunities of the future and positively impact the dynamic world they will inherit.
Every school committed to preparing students for the future should consider becoming an IMPACT member and adopting this transformative framework.
How the IMPACT Framework Provides Sustainability and Purpose
Progressive, transformational schools have made strides in redefining education, but some crucial elements may still be missing. The IMPACT framework is a comprehensive solution to these gaps, providing a forward-thinking approach that equips students with the skills and perspectives needed to navigate and shape the future.
IMPACT introduces a comprehensive structure with five pillars – Culture and identity, Civics and Social Justice, Stewardship and Global Issues, Innovation and entrepreneurship, and Apprenticeships and internships. This ensures a well-rounded curriculum that goes beyond traditional subjects.
The Stewardship and Global Issues pillar ensures a global perspective, educating students about environmental sustainability, resource management, and their roles in addressing global issues.
The IMPACT framework is explicitly designed to be future-focused. Through Innovation and entrepreneurship, students develop a mindset for adaptability, creativity, and problem-solving, ensuring they are well-prepared for the evolving demands of the future.
IMPACT creates a sense of urgency without instilling fear. The framework emphasizes solutions through project-based learning, basecamp content knowledge, and other strategies, empowering students to tackle challenges with a positive and proactive mindset.
The framework emphasizes Apprenticeships & Internships, promoting hands-on experiences. This bridges the divide between theoretical knowledge and practical skills, preparing students for the demands of the professional world.
The civics and Social Justice pillar instills a sense of responsibility, advocacy, and social engagement. Students learn about societal issues and how to actively contribute to positive change.
The four compass points – Environment, Social Change, Economics, and Health – ensure a holistic approach. Health, in particular, focuses on physical and mental well-being, recognizing the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
IMPACT encourages schools to become members, offering a shared vision for safeguarding the future. Member schools gain access to a proven framework, resources, and a community dedicated to shaping an education that prepares students for an ever-changing world.
“It is apparent that the traditional teacher-centered pedagogy needs to be changed. It is also more feasible than ever before to make the change. The change is more than piecemeal tinkering. It is a paradigm shift, a complete rethinking of how teaching and learning are carried out”
― Dr. Yong Zhao