What is a Springmatter Network School?

OPEN MINDS | OPEN HEARTS | OPEN WORLDS

Springmatter Network Schools and educators have pledged their commitment to creating safe and inclusive learning environments for all students and they have taken the first step to creating and sharing their knowledge with others.
They all have access to OPEN MINDS, an educational initiative to teach and demonstrate the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration by applying the philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are developing and sharing a series of curricula, workshops, and educational materials to build on the foundation of Dr. King’s ideology.
Expanding  on the Liberation Curriculum by The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, we are committed to sharing this knowledge with the world — knowledge that has the power to inspire every human being to pursue the Dream of living peacefully and productively in what Dr. King called our great ‘world house.’ We are committed to the belief that it is our moral and social obligation to stand up for the rights of every human being — and we will not rest until these obligations, this Dream, is realized.
OPEN HEARTS is a grassroots movement to encourage, publish, and promote expressions contributing to a greater understanding among diverse groups and a more socially just world.  These expressions take many forms, including written stories, video, audio, poetry, and art that shares the human experience and inspires future generations to boldly live their lives authentically and fearlessly.
OPEN WORLDS is an open-source network of communities, schools, and companies committed to showing the power of diversity, the strength of collaboration, and the edification of sacrifice in solving the most challenging, debilitating problems in our world. OPEN WORLDS includes our OPEN-X network of practical, hands-on Problem Based Learning (PBL) projects for K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning. Implemented locally and connected globally, the goal of the OPEN-X network is to provide every child the opportunity to share their talents, lead meaningful lives, and be part of creating a more inclusive, peaceful, and loving ‘world house.’

Welcoming Schools and the Liberation Curriculum

Welcoming Schools includes K-12 as well as institutions of higher learning. It is a commitment and active effort to create safe and inclusive learning environments for all students, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disabilities, religion, or beliefs.

Any educational institution and educator can join the Springmatter Schools Network and begin connecting to organizations that provide educational materials, workshops, and resources on the value and power of diversity.

For example, the path to becoming a welcoming elementary school, especially with respect to LGBTQ youth, can be found at www.welcomingschools.org. This is a project of the Human Rights Campaign focusing on anti-bullying and support for the most at-risk student populations.

All schools will have access to the educational materials produced and inspired by the Liberation Curriculum at the Stanford Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.