Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Creating A Network of Support: Have You Heard About Ben Franklin Circles?

What good can I do today?  That is the question Ben Franklin asked himself daily.  Franklin gathered a group of likeminded people committed to mutual improvement.  The group met weekly to discuss ways in which they could support one another by answering guiding questions and discussing thirteen virtues Franklin believed were important.  Many civic innovation projects began as a result of the Ben Franklin Circle including the lending library, the volunteer fire department and the post office.  This video explains the concept of building capacity within a peer group to encourage and empower.  As educators, we organically develop support systems.  Participating in Ben Franklin Circles will help educators focus in on initiatives that will impact more students, teachers and the community.