Overview of the Solutionary Framework

This overview of the Solutionary Framework serves as a brief introduction to the framework if you’re new to it. Or, if you’re already engaged in a solutionary project, this overview can be an outline that anchors you as you move through the phases with your students.

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Phase II: Iceberg Model

An important piece of the solutionary process is understanding why problems continue to occur and how these problems and events interact with each other. This resource helps students engage in systems thinking to better understand the problem they are working to solve.

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Phase III: Create an Action Plan

Once you have identified the solution you want to implement, use this resource to help you make a plan for how you will implement your solution as part of phase 3 of the Solutionary Framework.

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Phase III: 5 Types of Action

Use this resource to help your students understand different types of action they can choose for their Inquiry-to-Action projects, such as the one you are working on using the Solutionary Framework.

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Phase III: Finding Leverage Points

Use this resource to identify “leverage points” and propose solutions that address the causes of the problem and that do the most good and least harm to people, animals and the environment. This resource will help you when developing an action plan in phase 3 of the Solutionary Framework.

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Systems Thinking: Bicycle Example

This resource contains multiple lesson plans for students in upper elementary school, middle school, and high school. Using a bicycle as a metaphor to help students think about systems, the lessons cover an introduction to systems to deeper analysis.

Recommended grades: Adjustable for grades 3+
Time: Varies

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