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The Vision of Teach Different

A world where everyone has the courage to speak, listen and understand.

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire everyone to ask big questions and participate in great conversations every day.

Social Emotional Learning

We create culturally responsive, caring learning environments that inspire story telling and personal expression.

Critical Thinking

We challenge everyone to play devil’s advocate with their own beliefs, so that they expand their mindset and appreciate different viewpoints.

Big Questions

We challenge young people and adults to ask and answer life-changing questions.

Teach Different With Conversations

You’re one conversation away from changing someone’s life.  We will teach you our 3-Step Conversation Method and help you strategize how you are going to use conversations to create ‘hooks’ for the content you are trying to teach.  This course is ideal for free-thinking teachers who already take a thematic approach to their lessons.  It is also useful for home-school parents  and anyone trying to make schoolwork more fun and engaging.

Teach Different Founders

Dr. Steve Fouts | CEO

Dr. Steve Fouts is a social entrepreneur and educator from Chicago with over twenty years of experience teaching a wide range of classes in the mathematics and humanities-related fields on the high school and undergraduate level. Dr. Fouts graduated from University of Chicago’s Masters of Liberal Arts program in 1998 and received his doctorate in education from Benedictine University in 2010. Dr. Fouts has published numerous op-ed pieces focused on social justice in education and is active in Educators for Excellence, a policy advocacy organization representing teachers in multiple U.S. Cities.

Dan Fouts | Instructor

Since 1993, Dan Fouts has taught AP government, philosophy and US history in the Chicagoland area. He attained an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy from Bradley University, as well as a M.S. in education and social policy from Northwestern University. Dan has served as a member of the committee on pre-collegiate instruction in philosophy through the American Philosophical Association from 2012-2016. Additionally, he has presented at several National Council for the Social Studies national conferences and has instructed online courses since 2004 through Aurora, Quincy and Adams State University. His passion is teaching teachers how to inspire and manage conversations and to use essential questions to fuel these conversations. He is an active contributor to the Teach Different blog which showcases lessons and strategies aligned to inquiry-based instruction.