ReGeneration Curriculum

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“Perhaps the most valuable heritage we can provide for future generations is some sense of the Great Work that is before them.” ~Thomas Berry


A new generation is here to reboot, restore, and regenerate our world. Coming of age at one of the most critical moments in history, today's young people are facing complex and interconnected challenges like no generation before. They also hold a profound opportunity to remake our world.

We are an inspired group of educators, social change leaders, entrepreneurs, designers, teachers, youth workers, techies, and everyday global citizens committed to transforming education, empowering students, and creating a world that works for all.

Education today is largely an outdated product of the past century. A fundamental paradigm shift is underway, and a central part of it is providing today's students with 21st century knowledge, skills, and capacities so they can thrive in their lives, careers, and as global citizens. We are creating an innovative curriculum for broad-based change: one that inspires teachers, ignites student leadership, and transforms schools and local communities.

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Generation Waking Up (GenUp) is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California whose purpose is to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world. Through our core programs - WakeUp, Thrive, and Synergize - we are helping the Millennial Generation realize its fullest potential and impact.

We awaken young people to a clear sense of who we are as a generation, an understanding of the global challenges and opportunities we face, and a calling to take action. We empower young people with the skills and tools they need to thrive as global citizens, leaders, and changemakers in the 21st century. We mobilize young people across lines of difference and connect them with a broad and diverse movement of social change.

Over the past four years, we have reached thousands of students with our transformational workshops across North America and around the world. We have trained hundreds of young leaders who have created local action projects on their campuses and in their communities. As our programs have spread, there has been a growing request from teachers to create a high school curriculum so that they can take the power of our work into classrooms themselves. We're ready to make this happen and to take our work to scale.

The ReGeneration curriculum will provide high school students with a big picture understanding of today’s global challenges and opportunities. They will learn to see the interrelatedness through a multidisciplinary framework that connects science, social studies, and humanities with taking action in the world. It will give students tools and resources to identify solutions and to find their role in transforming their schools, community, and our global society.

Learning Outcomes
Through participating in the curriculum, students will:
    •    See the big picture of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, and environmentally
    •    Develop skills & capacities for the 21st century: critical thinking, creativity, innovation, systems awareness, communication, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and multicultural understanding
    •    Strengthen their understanding of social justice, environmental sustainability, and human thriving
    •    Explore their role as a global citizen and how to create positive change
    •    Implement projects at their schools and in their communities to learn by doing
    •    Discover ways to better align their lifestyles with their values
    •    Explore their purpose, vision, and create an action plan for taking next steps in their leadership
    •    Participate in and contribute to the community at a range of levels from local to global

This curriculum is being designed for public, charter, and independent high school students in the United States of America and for english-speaking schools around the world. Non-traditional students, schools, and youth programs will also find the curriculum a useful resource.

Global Citizenship * Social Justice * Environmental Sustainability * Human Thriving * New Economy * Systems Thinking * Ecological Awareness * The Power of Story to Inspire Social Change * Healthy Living Practices * Emotional Intelligence * Communication * Community Building * Conflict Transformation * Collaboration & Shared Leadership * Theories of Change  * Creative Problem-Solving * Goal-Setting and Project Implementation * Collective Impact * Social Innovation

We have surveyed over 50 curriculum projects to date and conducted interviews with teachers, administrators, and students from over 20 high schools. Going forward, we will continue to interview educators and students in the field. When a beta-version of the curriculum is ready, will will be piloting the curriculum in part and full.

The curriculum will be developed over the course 2015 through extensive research, focus conversations, piloting, and the support of an intergenerational advisory council of educators, teachers, and students. It will be composed of classroom modules and lesson plans, a teacher guide, a student workbook, and an online learning community. Its pedagogy will include a blend of participatory group process, personal inquiry, small group dialogue, interactive exercises, action learning, and multimedia elements.

As a multidisciplinary curriculum pulling from many fields of learning, the ReGeneration curriculum will align with the Common Core, 21st Century Skills, and Social Emotional Learning standards. Educators will be able to integrate lessons from the curriculum into a variety of classes - history, english, sociology, global studies, and science. It will also be available as a stand-alone course, or as an after-school study program for student leaders.




Emily Zionts earned a MA in Peace Education in 2009 at The United Nations University for Peace and spent the next four years teaching international social justice issues and activism to teens. Through her international travel, service work, and time spent as a teacher and student; Emily has found a calling in education at the intersection of ecology, economics, and social justice. Her current pursuit of a PhD in Sustainability Education from Prescott College will be immediately applicable in designing this curriculum.

Joshua Gorman studied ‘Global Youth & Social Change’ at George Mason University and supports youth-led action around the world. He is the Coordinator of Generation Waking Up and is a leading voice around the paradigm-shifting role of the Millennial generation. Joshua is a lifelong student of human development and transformational education with a focus on providing young people the experiences, knowledge, and skills they need to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Cherine Badawi received her Bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies from UNC, Chapel Hill and her Master's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from ICU in Tokyo, Japan. She has worked as a Senior Leader for Challenge Day and as the Curriculum and Training Director of The Mosaic Project. Cherine currently works as an independent consultant offering instructional design and facilitation to a broad client base specializing in diversity and intercultural capacity building, leadership development, team building, and facilitating transformational experiences that bring diverse individuals and communities together in authentic, purposeful exchange.