International School of Indiana – Indianapolis, USA

Center for Systems Awareness SITE

The International School of Indiana started working with the Compassionate Systems Framework with 175 children and 15 classrooms in grades 1-5.

Over the course of two years (February 2017- February 2019) we introduced the following system tools in the curriculum of six Primary Years Program (PYP) transdisciplinary themes:

  • Behavior Over Time Graphs
  • Ladder of Inference
  • Iceberg Model
  • Connection Circles
  • Stock and Flow Diagrams
  • Causal Loop Diagrams
  • Ladder of Connectedness

We also introduced personal anchor content and context through simulations, and mindful caring and reflection through check-ins.

All curriculum content also connected with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The subject matter included food insecurity and the goal of zero hunger (UN SDG #2) and sustainably managed forests and “Life on Land” (UN SDG  #15 ) for grade 1; habitats and ecosystems addressing Life Below Water and Life on Land (UN SDGs #14 and #15 for grade 2; clean water, sanitation and innovation(UN SDG #6), no poverty (UN SDGs #1 and #10), and activism in art  for grade 3; and finally migration, immigration and refugees, and affordable and clean energy (UN SDG #7) for grade 4.

We found using the Compassionate Systems Framework our students exhibited the most robust inquiry, reflection, action, and agency we have ever experienced at our school.

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