Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education Receives $580,000 for Social Good Innovation with Teens and Teachers

The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education in the School of Leadership and Education Science (SOLES) has received an additional $580,000 commitment from Dr. Irwin and Mrs. Joan Jacobs to continue work building and implementing Pactful™, a social good innovation app for teenagers and their teachers.

The Institute unveiled Pactful™ at their recent conference, EDInnovateLive 2019, attended by over 200 educational innovators throughout the country. Aligned to the UN Global Goals, Pactful™ supports students to work in teams to design local and global solutions to social issues using a design-thinking process.

Beta testing launches this fall, interested teachers can sign up for beta testing at: https://www.pactful.org/

Dr. Lisa Dawley, Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute, shared, “It has been an amazing journey to work with the Jacobs Institute team, our designers and advisors on this project. Championed by the encouragement and financial support from Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs, our goal is to recapture millions of “lost Einsteins” around the country by providing them access to innovation culture and training. After beta testing, our next step is to launch the app in a region-wide changemaker competition next fall with thousands of teens creating solutions to local and industry problems.”

Dr. Dawley and Monte Kalisch, Director of Technology Strategy & Development at the Jacobs Institute, are the inventors of Pactful.

More information about the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education can be found on their website: https://www.sandiego.edu/soles/jacobs-institute/innovation-design/


The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.

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