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Finding Purpose with Project Wayfinder

This seminar is right for you if: You want to assist students in building lives of purpose.


ISV Seminar Room


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003


Tuesday 3 December 2019, 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm


$100 – Member Schools Price (excl. GST)

$200 – Standard Price (excl. GST)


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Program Description:

Independent Schools Victoria is partnering with Project Wayfinder to assist in creating lives of meaning and purpose for both students and their educators.

Project Wayfinder believes that students who have purpose in their lives are happier, healthier, more engaged and less stressed. With this in mind, Project Wayfinder set out to design a program that re-imagines an adolescent education which supports students in building lives of purpose. Drawing upon human development research, brain science, interviews with ‘purpose exemplars’, and practices from native wayfinding traditions, their year-long purpose learning curricula enriches the lives of both students and their educators.

Founded at Stanford University’s d.school, Project Wayfinder is innovating education by guiding students through a step-by-step process to uncover what matters to them so they can navigate their lives with purpose.

This session will provide participants with information about Project Wayfinder and how to implement the program through ISV.

Presenter Information – Tim Klein

Tim Klein is an award-winning urban educator, clinical therapist and school counsellor. He has spent the last decade working intensively with marginalised and underserved students to empower them to pursue meaningful and fulfilling lives. In addition to his work at Project Wayfinder, Tim is a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and a purpose researcher and design specialist at Boston College. Before joining Project Wayfinder, he was the Director of School and Community Engagement at Medford High School. In this role, Tim implemented strategies that increased college matriculation by 30 per cent. Prior to that, he spent five years as the Outreach Director for Summer Search, a national youth development non-profit serving historically underrepresented student populations. Tim is currently developing youth purpose curricula with the National Science Foundation to engage Massachusetts urban public school students.

To learn more about Project Wayfinder, visit their site here.

More Information

Will Hanley

Advisor, Innovation Practice – Curriculum