The Bootstrapping Checklist

The Bootstrapping Checklist is a Student Social-Entrepreneurship Learning Network & Teacher Resource Grades 6-12

“At Reimagine Education, we’re keen to reward pedagogical initiatives that are equipping students with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st-century economy, valuing as we do the positive formative effects that education should have on employability. In ensuring that students learn – from a young age, and in an engaging, carefully-conceived way – the modes of thinking and hard skills necessary to foster entrepreneurial success, The Bootstrapping Checklist deserves this global recognition. In particular, our Judging Panel commend it for its integration with GitHub, which is a shining example of the project’s efforts to integrate classroom learning with contemporary innovation tools; and its focus on learning as a social, collaborative experience.” Reimagine Steering Committee, 2020

This webpage provides the *free resource for Teachers to run the program in their classrooms (see below “How to Run The Bootstrapping Checklist“).

The program teaches 21st century skills, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. The workflow introduces students to project management, innovation and entrepreneurship and engages them in experiential learning activities related to the STEAM curriculum.

Teachers, if you have access to cloud computing, mobile devices, and internet, you can run this program in your classroom and help grow our global community of #bootstrappers.


Rich Baxter, OCT



How to Run The Bootstrapping Checklist

Teachers, you can download the short slide deck (pdf) to help you set up the program in your classroom.

How to Run the Bootstrapping Checklist

“Run it, Hack it, and Share it!” on our **Facebook Group:

Upload a video of your experience running the program on our **YouTube Channel 

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(**The Facegroup Group and Youtube Channel are for Teachers to share best practice and frustrations when running the program – please do not post videos or images of students.)

Rich Baxter is founder, educator and advocate for social innovation, the arts, and entrepreneurial education. The Bootstrapping Checklist was Shortlisted in the Teaching Delivery Category and Showcased on December 5, 2016 and December 4, 2017 in Philadelphia at the Reimagine Education Awards and exists in the Creative Commons as an open innovation project.

Thanks to Kristan Uccello, Dr. Paul Kim CTO of GSE at Stanford, CTO at TDSB Peter Singh, and Salar Chagpar, Marc Lijour, and Tam Le. Thank you Erin Pallett and TDSB for the video. Special thanks to Serena Ricci, Jack Moran and the folks at Reimagine Education for your continued support.

A very special thank you to my wife, my family and friends, and to the kids at Robert Service PS class 2016 in Toronto – #urock #neverstopinnovating #neverquit #2legit


#OpenSource #OpenInnovation #BootstrappingChecklist #bootstrappers #ReimagineHEdu #SocialInnovation #entrepreneur #SocialEntrepreneurship #SocEnt #NeverStopInnovating  

*The slide deck is shared on a Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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