Educators want to make classroom curriculum more relevant and engaging to ensure students acquire the 21st-century skills needed for success in today’s globalized society.
Schools are responsible for mandated standardized tests, which sometimes detract from unique learning experiences that empower students to use their ideas and creativity.
"I am so happy I had the opportunity to choose my own issue and then learn so much about it. Rock Your World taught me that I have the ability to help the world, and that one person, or one group of people, can make a big difference. I am inspired to do more!"
“I learned that I can inspire someone to act and not be a bystander.”
- 7th grader
"I learned that I have leadership skills, and that projects like this really inspire me to make a difference. I learned that no matter what our age is, or how much education we have at the moment, we can make the change we want to make if we look for the support of programs like Rock Your World."
"Rock Your World taught me that I have a voice and can take positive action. I learned that I love working with cameras and film editing and using that to make a difference."
– 11th grader
"Because of Rock Your World, social action is one thing that had stuck with me throughout high school. Now that I graduated this spring and am heading off to college in the fall, the lessons I learned about helping others are prominent in my mind especially because college calls for community justice and an open mind about how others might lead their lives."
"Rock Your World impacts all that is essential to education. Fully aligned with the Common Core standards, it actively engages students in researching issues, using digital media and working in teams to create projects that inspire awareness of social justice issues that matter to them. The outcomes are impressive - and positively impact students for years to come. In my book, this program is the 'real deal'!"
-Superintendent of Schools
"So many social and emotional gains were made for the students throughout Rock Your World as they became deeply involved with identifying with a problem, understanding its impact on others and worked cooperatively to develop a campaign to get their message out to others. Such a powerful program!"
-Middle School Principal
“Overall the students LOVED working on these...and I was glad to facilitate. I hope more teachers adopt this framework in the future. It was my pleasure and honor serving as a Rock Your World Ambassador and I know my students are thankful as well. They are really looking forward to seeing some of their hard work posted on the RYW site.”
- Scott Malagold HS social studies teacher
“Overall, PSAs were a great experience for our students. We had all three classes come together to share and celebrate the completion of the PSAs...The students were happy to view each other’s work and really enjoyed the unit.”
- Ayesha Hai 7th grade Language Arts teacher
“I learned about a lot of problems that I honestly did not know were happening. It made me realize that my voice will be heard, but I have to take a stand first.”
- 7th grader