TeacherGoal #3: Empower Students to Become Solutionaries with Zoe Weil and Steve Cochrane

“By solutionary, we mean people who can identify unjust, unsustainable and inhumane systems, and then devise solutions that do the most good and the least harm for all people, animals, and the environment.”


I bet you have heard many times that we should be teaching our students to solve real world problems, but…Have you ever been given specific strategies in order to make this happen? I am super excited to bring you all two amazing guests, Zoe Weil and Steve Cochrane, from the Institute for Humane Education who will share with us how to empower a generation of students!

Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), where she created the first graduate programs in comprehensive Humane Education, linking human rights, environmental sustainability, and animal protection and offered online through an affiliation with Antioch University. 

Passionate about preparing young people to lead lives of joy and purpose, Steve Cochrane has had a remarkable journey through the field of education. It is a journey that has taken him from the campus of Princeton University, where he served as an admissions officer and an assistant dean of students, to the classroom of a public elementary school, where he had the privilege of teaching – and learning from – his fourth and fifth grade students.

Let’s dive into different tips to encourage students making changes in their community!

3 TeacherGoal Tips

Empower students to become solutionaries

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Tip 1:
Begin with yourself

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Tip 2:
Help students identify the problems they want to solve & examine the root of the issue systemically

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Tip 3:
Collaborate with outside stakeholders to address the problems your students really care about

This Episode Features...

Zoe Weil

Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), where she created the first graduate programs in comprehensive Humane Education, linking human rights, environmental sustainability, and animal protection and offered online through an affiliation with Antioch University. IHE also offers an online Solutionary Micro-credential Program for teachers, a free Solutionary Guidebook for educators, How To Be A Solutionary guidebook for students and changemakers, and award-winning resources.

Zoe is a frequent keynote speaker at education and other conferences and has given six TEDx talks including her acclaimed "The World Becomes What You Teach." She is the author of seven books including "The World Becomes What We Teach" and Nautilus silver medal winner "Most Good, Least Harm." Zoe was named one of Maine Magazine’s 50 independent leaders transforming their communities and the state and is the recipient of the Unity College Women in Environmental Leadership award. She was also a subject of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series. She holds masters’ degrees from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania and an honorary doctorate from Valparaiso University.

Steve Cochrane

Passionate about preparing young people to lead lives of joy and purpose, Steve Cochrane has had a remarkable journey through the field of education. It is a journey that has taken him from the campus of Princeton University, where he served as an admissions officer and an assistant dean of students, to the classroom of a public elementary school, where he had the privilege of teaching – and learning from – his fourth and fifth grade students.

Steve has been a dorm director and associate dean of admissions at Wheelock College in Boston. He has also been an elementary school principal, a middle school principal, an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and, prior to his current work as the Executive Director at the Institute for Humane Education, he was the superintendent of the Princeton Public Schools in Princeton, New Jersey where he was honored with the award of County Superintendent of the Year in 2020. In each of these roles, Steve has collaborated with others to prioritize innovations in learning, wellness for students, equity, and a belief that every child should be supported and inspired to achieve their highest potential. Steve received his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University and his master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard.

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 19 year educator with experience as Chief Academic Officer, School Counselor and High School Science Teacher. 

She is the author of Classroom to CEO in 30 Days and founder of Healthy Wealthy Educators, where she provides actionable tools and resources that empower you to live a healthy lifestyle and build generational wealth by creating multiple streams of income. 

While inspiring educators to create a life they love embodies her professional passion, her husband, Melvin and daughter, Eva are the driving force and greatest blessings in her life. You can find her hanging out on Instagram @healthywealthyeducators

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