Students solving real problems.
The SCP is an academic program that brings meaning and purpose to the lives of students and teachers—and contributes to solving the world’s greatest challenges.
How does the Solutionary Congress Program work?
In the Solutionary Congress Program (SCP) teachers receive through professional development the knowledge, strategies, and resources to integrate pressing global and local issues into their classrooms.
Students identify a problem to solve, deeply research it, then develop, refine, and implement innovative, viable solutions that do the most good.
Solutions address the root systems connected to the chosen challenge and cannot harm people, animals, or the environment.
Students present their solutions in a state, regional, or national Solutionary Congress to a panel of stakeholders who can help move their solutions to the next level.
The SCP engages students to learn and care about our world’s complex, interconnected issues. Participation in the program impels them to take action. It nurtures their passions and helps them develop vital skills, such as effective researching, writing, public speaking, critical thinking, problem-solving, systems-thinking, consensus building, civics, collaboration and project management.
Ideal for middle and high school learning environments, the program can be integrated into core curriculum, created as an elective, or used in an after-school or club setting.
The SCP is currently in Phase two of its design and development. IHE is working closely with a diverse group of teachers and schools in 2016/17 to refine the program. The professional development training that accompanies the guidebook will not be available to the public until next year, when the full-scale launch takes place.
Until then, we encourage you to take advantage of our training, resources, and support that is available to help you prepare for your own SCP program in 2017:
- Get on our SCP Mailing List—you will receive a free copy of the SCP guidebook when it is available and be kept updated on the program’s offerings.
- Download our Solutionary Unit—a flexible, ready-to-use unit that explores the relationship between the primary causes of death in the United States and the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico (FREE).
- Start Using our Free Classroom Resources—such as lesson plans, books, movies, Pinterest boards, and blog posts.
- Read the book by IHE co-founder and president Zoe Weil, The World Becomes What We Teach, —the why and how-to operationalize solutions-focused education.
- Watch Zoe’s Video—“The World Becomes What You Teach,” an inspiring talk that sets the stage for solutions-focused education.
- Professional Development Support —IHE offers online graduate degrees and individual courses to deepen your knowledge and skills of solutions-focused education.