The things we learned in school weren't always from textbooks.
we ALSO carrY the lessons from friends and adults who showed us a better way to live.
this is what the app is all about.
It all starts with getting kids to write. I get them to write about their childhood, their dreams, their disappointments, it doesn't matter what they write about because it's the moment when they find themselves is when you watch a life come alive.
Co-founder of Iconoclast Artists
Who is Iconoclast Artists?
Iconoclast Artists is an organization in Houston, Texas
committed to creating an equitable learning environment that provides both economic
and social stability for their participants. Their mission is to
engage students, living in the most vulnerable contexts, in the creative
process to shape a society of creative, resilient, empowered, and collaborative
Iconoclast Artists started with the premise that the lack of resources and
structural barriers in low-income schools often create an environment where
students find the education system foreign and disempowering thus making it
hard to engage in the learning process. Because of this disconnect, they
struggle with learning, often giving up, and are pulled into a life that
reinforces community expectations that limit, debilitate, and often create
They are not just a writing program but a teaching philosophy that tries to
understand the whole child, the whole family, the whole community, and how they
impact one another. This holistic approach to teaching seeks to create a sense
of self-awareness and community among students that will help them (re)engage
in the education process and find joy and fulfillment in learning. Through this
progression, students begin to move from surviving
in the present to actively planning
for their future.
Typical Demographics of the schools they work in
92% economically disadvantaged
86% Eligible for free or reduced lunches
20% African American
6% Recent Immigrants (Newcomers)
About 100 languages spoken
Almost all find it difficult to attend fixed classroom schedules
wHY aN aPP?
Students have resources to meet their
self-actualization needs when it works for them
Students have a place online to get
help, connect and truly share themselves with others
Students learn to have a voice, build
brave spaces in the community and learn how to collectively get their needs met
How IT works
Take Iconoclast Artists courses in classroom & online
Wherever They Are
Have the data to be more effective with individual students
Learn the social & emotional skill sets to be ready for life
Connect online to share, chat and make friends
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Makes the online experience more effective