Changemaker School
Austin, TX
United States
Partner Since 2013

Cunningham Elementary School is built on three pillars: sustainability, social and emotional learning, dual Spanish/English language. These three pillars are brought together through Cunningham’s unique implementation of the MicroSociety framework: an approach, in which students create their own campus society, including businesses, government, and other public services. This has been a great avenue for students to develop agency and voice. For example, one student was struggling in math class, but when she became the entrepreneur behind the school snack store, she had to use math to make her venture successful. She organized other students to conduct market surveys of what treats her schoolmates would want to eat on Fridays, and she had to know how much to pay her employees so they would continue to work with her. Becoming the school store manager coincided with her math grades drastically improving.

Related TopicsChildren & Youth, Play, Youth leadership, Civic Engagement, Arts & culture, Peace & Harmonious Relations, Conflict Resolution, Every child practicing empathy


This profile was prepared when Cunningham Elementary School joined the Ashoka Partnership in 2013.
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Multiple local teacher awards for Art programming and community Art affiliations Multiple local “green” awards and status over the last four years 10 Multiple teacher grants awarded for creative classroom programming ONEOK Grant award for supporting a MicroSociety after-school program Campus Teacher of the year candidate becomes published author of a chapter in a national reading book Same campus Teacher of the year candidate is used as district model teacher for local videos of best practice teaching, Head Custodian named as AISD district Classified Employee of the Year

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