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The Inspire Project

The Inspire Project is like a TED talk for students but backwards

What is The Inspire Project About

The Inspire Project began in 2017 connecting students with amazing people worldwide to have meaningful discussions about our guest’s lives, careers, dealing with failure, success, and many other facets of life. Inspire’s format is not a speaker-driven monologue aimed at students.  It is a dialogue-driven discussion with students. Think of it as a fireside chat, minus the fire.  No pomp and circumstance, just talking with students.

The Inspire Project removes ‘herofication’

James Loewen describes herofication as a process when individuals are portrayed as “perfect creatures without conflicts, pain, credibility, or human interest.” Loewen argues that the process of herofication damages students’ learning.  This process may also discourage kids from striving to be someone that is so perfect and untouchable.  The Inspire Project provides kids the opportunity to realize that these amazing guests are, well, just people like everyone else.

How Can I fit The Inspire Project into my classroom?

Super Easy

Present/Provide information from The Inspire Project’s website

A Step Up!

Provide your students with the name of the guest and have them investigate outside of school

Come back with information to share

Highest Impact!

Tie a unit or subject to the guest’s background and impact

Mission Statement

The Inspire Project: Empowering students to become leaders today through innovative mentorship and action.

Vision Statement

Shaping the future by harnessing the power of our global youth now for a better world.

The Inspire Project and Louisiana Tech’s VISTA (Visual Integration of Science Through Art)

Launch a STEAM literacy initiative

Need Proof? What’s being Said…

School and career advisers are failing to encourage children to reach for the stars.

Teenage brains are like soft, impressionable Play-Doh.  There’s a softer side to adolescent minds: they’re vulnerable, dynamic and highly responsive to positive feedback.

The traditional education system seems to have at least 20 different methods for helping a student’s self-esteem plummet.

The adolescent years can be some of the most impressionable ones that kids will ever have.

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