#DoGoodFromHome: NC Teachers Share Why They Use Design for Change  to Engage K-12 Students in Service-Learning during COVID-19 Crisis

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On Thursday, May 14th, North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition hosted a webinar about how North Carolina teachers are engaging K-12 students in the Design for Change #DoGoodFromHome Challenge. The #DoGoodFromHome Challenge inspires students to use compassion and creativity to engage in service-learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 As part of the international #DoGoodFromHome Challenge, students and teachers at Abbotts Creek Elementary (WCPSS), Ballentine Elementary (WCPSS), Envision Academy (NC Public Charter), Innovation Academy at South Campus (Johnston County Public School), and The Exploris School (NC Public Charter) have used the Design for Change process to identify community problems, empathize with stakeholders, plan and take action, and share their reflections and outcomes at the website. As North Carolina students are at home for remote instruction, Design for Change USA is showcasing inspiring work by students and teachers in North Carolina, across the country, and around the world as part of the #DoGoodFromHome initiative.

During this webinar, lead teachers at each school, highlighted how their students worked through the four steps of the Design for Change framework: Feel (building empathy), Imagine (brainstorm ideas), Do (implement solutions), and Share (inspire others), with examples from student service-learning projects. Participants learned how to support the implementation of the Design for Change process in formal and non-formal settings. 

More information about Design for Change can be found at

Make a Difference Monday

The NCSLC is excited to share resources for educators and parents to use during this time to help shape students into becoming servant leaders. Each Monday, we will share a helpful link for you to review to generate ideas of how students can make an impact. Check out our website or hashtag #MakeADifferenceMonday each Monday to see a new resource each week!

Monday, April 27th We ALL Have Something To Give! These lesson plans from Learning to Give will to help you link learning to generosity during the time of social distancing.

Monday, April 20th April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Amid the recent COVID-19 global pandemic, Earth Day 2020 has gone digital. Learn what you can do this year to celebrate the First Digital Earth Day.

Monday, April 13th #MakeADifferenceMonday by participating in Global Youth Service Day on April 17-19th.  Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world and the only one that celebrates and builds the capacity of all youth ages 5-25 to help our communities and democracy thrive by working together for the common good. Check out their website for how to get involved and plan and/or participate in a service activity even while staying at home!


“Inspired to Serve” report recommends federal investment in service learning

Inspired to Serve presents The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service’s conclusions, including findings and recommendations for legislative and administrative action as well as recommendations for expanding civic education and service-learning in K-12 schools across the country.

One major finding of the report was the need to revitalize civic education and expand service learning.  In the course of its work, the Commission identified a major flaw in the American educational system: the lack of exposure to high-quality civic education for students throughout much of the Nation.

The Commission recommends that Congress appropriate $450 million per year for civic education and service learning. Read the full report HERE.

Service Learning Summit Cancelled

Based on feedback from stakeholders, the NCSLC has decided not to hold the 2020 Service-Learning at Fayetteville State University on February 27th as planned. The timing of the summit has made it difficult for a number of interested educators and community members to participate, and we are concerned that this will prevent us from providing the networking and learning opportunities we had intended for the event.

However, we have invited presenters to share a recorded version of their sessions for the NCSLC to share online via our website and social media. Please be on the lookout for these sessions in the coming weeks.

If you registered for the summit and have NOT received a refund, please contact us at

We look forward to partnering with you in the future!

WANTED: 100 North Carolina educators committed to empowering our children to transform the world, through local action

Design for Change, is a framework that assists educators in designing meaningful student-led projects. When students participate in DFC, they join a coalition of over 1 million young people around the world saying, “I CAN make an impact!”

We will have a fall cohort August-Dec 2019 (60 educators), and a second one Feb-May 2020 (40 educators). Participants may attend the one-day workshop in Raleigh, Wilmington, or a site in the TBA west.  The sessions will be a combination of virtual and in-person workshops for K-16 teachers, youth group leaders, and after-school program mentors/facilitators (1 CEU is available).

Participation Includes:

  • Learning through ten hours of in-person and virtual workshops
  • Coaching and mentoring from award winning educators and designers
  • Networking with innovative educators and community partners
  • Developing a design thinking mindset and toolbox to engage students in creating innovative solutions to complex, real-world problems
  • Leading a Design for Change project in your school/community
  • Capstone share and a youth summit celebrating Design for Change project work in North Carolina.


Cost:  $250  Link to pay by credit card.  Checks: Exploris Foundation, 401 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, 27603

Important dates for 2019 Design for Change (DFC) Cohort:

Thursday, Sept 12, 2019   Virtual Check In 4:30 pm (Optional) *All participants.
Saturday, September 14, 2019  (Raleigh)

Saturday, September 21, 2019 (Wilmington)

Saturday, September 28, 2019 (TBA -West)

Workshop: DFC Design Sprint 8:30am -3:30pm

Light breakfast and lunch provided   

*20 participants per site.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 Virtual Meet Up 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Optional) *All participants.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 Virtual Meet Up 4:00  – 5:00 pm. (Optional) *All participants.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 Fall Cohort Culminating Brunch 9am-12pm *All participants.
Wednesday, May 15, 2020 Design for Change USA Applications due!
TBA Saturday, May 16, 2020    NC DFC Youth Summit *Spring/Fall Cohorts


Events are organized by Exploris educators and DFC’s Champions for Change in NC. Jessie Francese (  and Shannon Hardy (