America’s education reform movement gets out of school this summer with a four-month campaign to help redefine learning in the digital age through dozens of activities for youth, parents, and educators, dubbed the “Summer of Making and Connecting.”
Engaging thousands of people across the country, the summer campaign will feature a growing roster of events and activities designed to make learning more relevant to young people, to real work and real life, and to the opportunities of the 21st Century. Most activities do not take place in schools – highlighting how learning occurs everywhere, all the time – but can easily be connected to school curriculums in the fall.
The campaign was announced today as leaders in business and education met at the Re-Imagining Education Summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the MacArthur Foundation.
Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and driven by the National Writing Project’s Educator Innovator Initiative and Mozilla’s Maker Party, the summer campaign is an open invitation to develop a range of activities that will allow educators, young people and others to sample Connected Learning. Current partners include the Alliance for Excellence in Education, Born This Way Foundation, HASTAC, and MIT’s Media Lab.