What is FCL?
Some educational models teach what to learn or how to learn. Full-Circle Learning teaches why we should learn. The educational model unites and motivates the practical goals of the head, hands and heart, fostering altruistic identities and strengthening aptitudes as it brings the learning full-circle.
Testimonials and Assessments indicate that the model enhances the motivation to learn while teaching practical skills, enhancing its value the many countries, applications and educational systems where it has been applied.
Full-Circle Learning, a non-profit organization, seeks to develop a generation of people who will see the relationship between self-mastery, human kindness, skills development and the greater social goals of curing disease, preventing war, addressing poverty, advocating equity, and preserving the planet. Its programs offer young people the chance to become the leaders of their generation by each making a unique contribution to a more whole and sustainable society.
Full-Circle Learning’s mission is to help young people embrace their role as society’s change agents and humanitarians. It does so through an integrated educational model that infuses purpose into learning.
Teachers worldwide identify specific community needs or dilemmas that shape their service-learning outcomes. They present one of 60 habits-of-heart as the foundation of a learning unit, integrating the academic standards of the region until students have applied their curiosity, critical thinking skills, creativity, and collaborative capacities to improve the destiny of others. By the end of a unit, students will have fused character development, academics, the arts, conflict resolution and community service (local and often global) toward a community transformation goal. Their projects help them champion girls’ education, address poverty and homelessness, soothe the suffering of the sick and elderly, tackle land use issues and climate change, teach new agricultural practices, enhance forgiveness and cultural appreciation—the list is as endless and unique as the regions and teachers. The one unifying factor? The teachers increase their love and empathy for their brothers and sisters everywhere, as members of one human family.
Full-Circle Learning, as an organization, provides teacher training, staff development, school mentorship and support services for schools, plus global wisdom exchanges and, in limited cases, scholarships for students in vulnerable populations.
In town after town, in culture upon culture, children have reshaped their communities through what some now call more than an educational model. They call it a movement. Full-Circle Learning enhances the standardized education of the students by teaching them the skills of collaborators, empathic problem solvers and reflective contributors in the needs of one human family. There are always more schools waiting for mentorship and collaboration. We welcome you to read their stories and to become a friend of Full-Circle Learning.