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What The World Needs Now Are Solution-Seekers. These Educators Are Creating Them.

What The World Needs Now Are Solution-Seekers. These Educators Are Creating Them.

“We...mirror the world,” Mahatma Gandhi once said. “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” The idea that our actions can make a global impact has inspired changemakers—from climate activists to vaccine developers—to take action and seek solutions to our planet’s most pressing issues.

When I think of an individual making a lasting impact on the world, the first person that comes to mind is an educator. Every decision educators make—questions to ask, learning experiences to offer, approaches to take—shapes their students’ understanding and outlook. Educators are sculptors—shaping the planet's future by molding these young people into the solution-seekers that our Earth needs. Today, in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, I’m sharing the stories of three educators who aren’t just being the change they want to see in the world—they’re also teaching it.

Kholood

First, I’d like to introduce you to Kholood Qumei, who teaches social studies and English as a second language at Manhattan International High School in New York City. All of Kholood’s students are recent immigrants to the United States—a role that Kholood can relate to since she moved to the U.S. from Jordan when she was 11 years old. When she looked for ways to engage her students during virtual learning this year, Kholood remembered joining her school’s Model United Nations club, and reflected on the impact it had on her as a new student in the U.S. “It helped me build confidence and pushed me to use my voice,” she says. So she decided to plan a Model UN simulation for her students as they studied climate migration.

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