MAD-news for April: Congressional App Challenge Winners

Hi Guest,

Although the news continues to share one disheartening story after the next, we want to try to bring some brightness to your day with MAD-news and the reminder that there are good people everywhere who are doing good things to help our world be better, one step at a time. We are all lucky to know them, be them, work with them, and support them. Take a look at some of these phenomenal teachers and students below…
Alefiya Master

Founder & CEO

What’s hAPPening

MAD-accolades Continue!

MAD-learn is proud to announce that the company has been recognized as a 2021 winner of the “Best of Atlanta” Award. The award program was created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of businesses and organizations in and around Atlanta. Its mission is to raise the profile of exemplary companies and entrepreneurs among the press, the business community, and the general public.

Selection as a 2021 Award Winner is determined by the marketing success of an organization in our local community within our category. The selection process does not include nominations, voting, contests or surveys. The Atlanta Award Program uses only empirical data supplied by independent third parties as input into its award algorithm.

Teq Talk

Teq is a leading STEM Solutions provider for thousands of schools and districts across the country. They are focussed on helping schools meet their instructional goals and helping teachers achieve their individual goals. MAD-learn is proud to announce our partnership with Teq to help bring creative design thinking and technology creation to their customers. If you have a Teq rep in your region, contact them today to learn how you can get MAD-learn for your students!

Congressional App Challenge

We are a proud partner of the Congressional App Challenge and last week we were invited to speak with the 2020 winners during their Inspiration Fair. I don’t know if we succeeded in inspiring the students, but they DEFINITELY inspired us with their ideas, their apps, their voices, and their visions for the future. We will be hiring several of those students into internship positions very soon! Thank you for the invitation Joe Alessi and team! #Congress4CS #HouseofCode


MAD-teacher of the Month

It has been said that the quality of a teacher is best measured by the outcomes realized by her students. Lawanda Stephens-Sanford, MAD-teacher of the Month from Arabia Mountain High School in DeKalb County near Atlanta, GA is a testament to this. We recently had the honor of serving on judging panels for a virtual set of Shark Tanks in which her students shared their work in an authentic “pitch” session.

We were impressed not only by the apps they created, but by how they presented themselves in such a professional manner. These qualities are part of what Lawanda expects of her students, beyond attention to working at their highest level.

A Marine Corps veteran, Lawanda also spent 23 years in health care before becoming a teacher. She refers to her current career as “not only my passion, but my calling”. She further said, “I love learning and I love teaching and helping others in the classroom and in ministry.”
As for using MAD-learn, she shared that “[the] experience has stretched me because it’s gotten me out of my comfort zone and encourages me to try new things and to be creative. I enjoy sharing MAD-learn with the students because I’m able to stretch them as well. Allowing students to see the [MAD-learn] team in person or virtually in the Shark Tank or in the classroom gives them hope and helps them connect with something real from a business or app perspective.” Lawanda added, “Thank you for introducing MAD-learn to me and for having such an awesome tool to engage students and help them to think creatively.” Congratulations to a true leader!

New Template Provides a Simple Look at Coding

Flash Cards can now be created with a brand new template. It uses HTML and CSS code to show students how these codes look and function while giving students a simple way to customize the screen for a variety of uses. Simple drill and practice, animated photo display, and more can be added to an app by simply changing key elements in the code. For more on how this template works, click here!

MAD-family Continues to Grow

We want to thank schools that have either renewed their partnerships with MAD-learn or are just joining our MAD-family. We are so happy to know we will be continuing our work to help students at:

  • Morgan Park Academy (IL)
  • Berea College TRiO (KY)
  • Cobb County School District CTAE (GA)
  • ESC Region 12 GEAR UP (TX)


Don’t leave without…

… letting us know if we can help support your students with a Virtual or In-Person Summer App Camp this summer! Schedules are filling up fast so book a time now to plan for the summer.

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