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Friday, March 30 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Project Wayfinder: Helping Your Students Develop Purpose

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Founded at Stanford University’s d.school, Project Wayfinder is a leader in purposeful education for high schools. Having purpose is fundamental to cultivating a meaningful life because it connects you to your raison d'être, something that matters deeply to you, gives your life direction and is of consequence to the world. We consider purpose as one of five pillars integral to living a meaningful life alongside personal story, belonging, transcendence and making. Our curriculum encourages students to explore the roles that all these pillars play in their lives and offers ways to deepen their experience of each.

This workshop will explore the ways in which we can create classroom environments to support students in deepening their sense of purposefulness. One of the most important ways that educators can support their students in this journey, is by deepening their own self-awareness and understanding their own meaning-making processes. After a short presentation, we will complete a Wayfinder activity designed to offer students insight into the origins of their values. Participants will map out answers to questions including: What sources have been most influential in shaping my values? What values have I been taught throughout my life? How did I come to learn the values that are important to me and the ones I disagree with? The activity will blend personal reflection with paired sharing and group discussion. The aim of this activity is to guide participants through a process that will increase their awareness around how their value system came to be and how others’ journeys have led to the development of different value systems. By exploring these questions in their own lives, participants will be better equipped to explore them with their own students. K-12 students will complete the activity alongside participants and will share their stories and experience with the group at the end of the workshop.


Claudia Biçen

Operations & Creative Director, Project Wayfinder

Friday March 30, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
HTE 221