OUR VALUES

At Noble Impact we operate on four key beliefs.

OPPORTUNITY > OBLIGATION

Students learn best when they’re opting in to what they’re learning, rather than being forced to act. People are innately curious and driven, particularly when given freedom and guidance, rather than structure and rules. There is a crisis of relevancy in today’s classroom — we are in need of a transition from a teacher-centric to a student-centric model.

SERVING > STEERING

Our duty as educators is to serve students, who come with different ways of learning, expressing themselves, and finding meaning in their lives. Our goal is to be a resource, to believe in their potential, and to help them navigate opportunities, without steering the ship. We do not have all the answers, but we are capable of challenging students with the right questions.

CREATION > CONSUMPTION

From a very young age, all people are capable of being valuable contributors to society. We live in a consumption-centric world, though, which carries into the classroom. Rather than being asked to create, students are often asked to sit and consume. We like to flip the equation. Students, when given the opportunity to act on their ideas, are unstoppable, imaginative creators.

MEANING > MASTERY

While it feels great to master a skill, mastery means nothing if there’s no meaning behind it. Every day, students are asked to learn with the hope that someday their efforts will be useful in the real world. The beautiful truth, though, is that students can give back and add value today, if only they’re challenged to direct their actions towards purpose and impact.

Our Blog

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Individual vs. Institution: Who continues the story?

Individual vs. Institution: Who continues the story?

When I was a teenager, I remember my Dad telling me… “Whatever you resist, persists.” Professional Development Last month, we organized a professional development workshop for about 130 faculty, staff, and administrators from eStem Schools. I was excited about the opportunity because I believe very strongly in the importance of acknowledging individual identity in any…

New Partnerships, Same Purpose

New Partnerships, Same Purpose

In the 2017-2018 school year, we are going with “others” and are pumped about the potential for each new partnership. Our purpose is the same…to increase access and opportunity for every student we serve. New Partnerships We are very excited to announce new partnerships with Sheridan High School, Hope Public Schools, and Virtual Arkansas. In…

Tuning In: A Culture of Identity

Tuning In: A Culture of Identity

 John David Pittman is more than a photographer, he’s a storyteller. I met JDP in the spring of 2014 as we hosted the first ever High School Startup Weekend at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. He volunteered his time that day because of his connection to education and his interest in what we…

The Power of SXSWedu: Connection & Collaboration

The Power of SXSWedu: Connection & Collaboration

I am 1 of 30 million+ (last count) people that has watched the great TED Talk by Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability. In that talk, she states… “The ability to feel connected is why we’re here.” I’ve been going to SXSW since 2010 and have had the opportunity to meet and spend time with…

Startup Day: Tip of the Entrepreneurship Spear for High School Students

Startup Day: Tip of the Entrepreneurship Spear for High School Students

In November of last year, we had the opportunity to launch our first ever High School Startup Day. In partnership with Junior Achievement and the Innovation Hub, we welcomed over 100 students, 10 teachers, and 10 mentors to engage in the startup process to tackle a social sector issue. Since beginning in the summer of…

Noble Summit: Win $20,000+ in Prizes for Best Teacher Ideas

Noble Summit: Win $20,000+ in Prizes for Best Teacher Ideas

Are you attending the Noble Impact Educators Summit? Your ideas could win your school a portion of $20,000+ in tech and classroom funds!


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Our Work

We provide students with experiences that are relevant and purpose-driven, in the classroom and in their communities.

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Our Story

We exist to serve students.

Noble Impact is an education initiative that exposes students to relevant experiences and tools that enable them to navigate a world defined by uncertainty with an entrepreneurial skillset and a public service mindset. Whether they take part in our in-class programming or co-curricular experiences, such as High School Startup Weekend, Institute, or Innovate 2 Educate, students exit our programs with newfound purpose and passion to make a difference in their communities.

Our purpose is to increase access and opportunity for every student we serve. Much of today’s classroom experience is outdated and disengaging,

a disservice to students who will be tasked, at some point, with entering a workforce that demands ever-changing competencies for an ever-changing world.

Noble Impact was founded on the belief that we can make a difference when we put students at the center of the equation. In partnership with students, teachers, and their communities, we aim to build a future where all citizens pursue their potential by improving the world for other.

Our Team

Noble Impact was founded in June 2013, with the mission to provide all students with a relevant and purpose-driven education.

Today, our team is growing faster than ever and serves more than 1,000 students through our classroom experiences and community events.

 

Steve Clark

Founder and Chairman
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

— John Dewey


Trish Flanagan

Co-Founder
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

― R. Buckminster Fuller

Chad Williamson

Co-founder
The ability to respond with enthusiasm to someone else’s potential is almost as rare as talent itself.

— Tiki Barber

J. Eric Wilson

Chief Executive Officer
“Every citizen has the duty to be informed, to be thoughtfully concerned, and to participate in the search for solutions.”

— Winthrop Rockefeller

Chris Forster

Chief Operating Officer
 “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Latasha Callaway

Latasha Callaway

Junior High Facilitator
 “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.

— Maya Angelou

Cody Dillon

Cody Dillon

High School Facilitator
 “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

— Albert Einstein

Asher Henry

Asher Henry

JuniorHigh Facilitator
 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

— Nelson Mandela

Johnny Laine

Johnny Laine

Elementary | Junior High Facilitator

 “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

— Albert Einstein

Emmanuel Wade

Emmanuel Wade

Junior High Facilitator

 “The greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. The Person who risks nothing, has nothing and becomes nothing.

— Leo Buscaglia

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