September 04 2014
Teacher-led innovation elevates teaching and focuses on today’s learners.
Community art and media making, coding and STEM, urban planning and design are just a few of the innovative programs proposed by eleven nationally recognized recipients of an LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant from the National Writing Project (NWP). The LRNG Innovators Challenge is an annual program supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign. This year’s competition challenged teacher teams to partner with educators outside of schools to create educational experiences that expand the possibilities for learning in schools.
“Teachers are becoming very savvy at thinking through how they can build on and direct students’ interests toward more powerful learning,” stated Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, NWP executive director. “They are using technology, partnering with institutions like libraries and museums, and taking advantage of the wealth of open educational resources available on the web. The LRNG Innovators Challenge allows us to invest directly in teachers who can develop promising approaches that can be spread across the country.”
One key to this spread is that the LRNG Innovators Challenge has joined with LRNG, powered by Collective Shift. LRNG is a movement that closes the opportunity gap and transforms how young people access and experience learning and the paths they can take to success. Working together with schools, city leaders, businesses and community institutions such as libraries and museums, LRNG is building an ecosystem of learning that combines in-school, out-of-school, employer-based and online learning experiences into a seamless network that is open and inviting to all youth.
Singer/songwriter and LRNG partner John Legend said, “One of the most consistent things we hear from teachers across the nation is that teachers are ready and even eager to lead the way in creating a more powerful and equitable education system. Through LRNG Innovators, I hope to support teachers in identifying and addressing the biggest challenges they face in their classrooms. Our teachers will create our classrooms of the future—we need to lift up their voices and invest in them and their ideas.”
Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Show Me Campaign, and individual donors, the LRNG grantees will develop, pilot, and share promising teacher-powered strategies and solutions to strengthen connected and deeper learning for the widest range of young people.
To learn more about this year’s recipients visit http://www.educatorinnovator.org/LRNG2015/
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