Disrupting Education [by design]

Community Partnerships & TEAcher Training Programs

What Are We Doing? Disrupting Education [by design]

We started TEA in 2011 to disrupt the educational status quo by creating a more engaging, holistic and equitable education for a diverse set of learners in K-12th grades. At TEA, we are intentionally using adversity to push students outside of their comfort zones (in supportive learning environments), where learning really happens. We call this new approach to learning Constructive Adversity®, which values each child’s multiple intelligences and backgrounds and uses the real world, with all of its challenges and opportunities, to teach young people how to turn adversity into growth.

Why Are We Doing It? Because Youth Are Demanding It

Education is the most powerful tool to change the world. But traditional education was designed for a different era and not designed to adapt. This is why nearly half a million youth from over 170 countries and territories have stated in the United Nations Youth Declaration “We are not waiting for an invitation to transform education. In fact, we are at the forefront of driving change; pioneering innovations, mobilizing our peers and communities, advocating for universal and quality education, and unceasingly working from the ground up to transform education.” TEA is here to do this work alongside our students.

Disrupting Education (by design) to Collectively Serve a Wide, Diverse Audience

We started TEA’s Disrupting Education (by design) programs to partner with other organizations who are also disrupting education, so collectively we can serve a wide, diverse audience. This external work includes three initiatives, all with the desired impact of teaching people the perseverance, compassion and adaptability they need to turn adversity into growth.

Disrupting Education Blog Series

We are excited to kick off our Blog Series that shows how we are Disrupting Education (by design). This Blog Series will highlight the work we are doing with students to hopefully inspire teachers and schools across the country to connect the classroom with the real world and help students become creative, adaptable and compassionate change-makers in the process.