MAD-news for February: Virtual Events, done right!

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Alefiya Master

Founder & CEO

What’s hAPPening

MAD-learn is pleased to add a new team member, Anshu Singh! Anshu is the newest addition to our product development team and will work closely with the team to support the release of new features and functionality for students and teachers. Anshu joined the team as a QA (Quality Assurance) intern several months ago and quickly established himself as an intelligent and enthusiastic contributor.

“I feel grateful and happy to get a chance to work with the MAD-learn family. Thank you all for your LOVE, SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT,” says Anshu.

MAD-store Publication and Ideation Guidelines

We have often shared how much we value the input from teachers and students regarding the development of MAD-learn’s curriculum and app building tool. One of the latest tutorials was conceived on a suggestion from Calvin Jordan, a teacher at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. Calvin teaches Entrepreneurship/AV Technology/Business Information Management. He suggested that a detailed overview of the “MAD-store Publication Guidelines” would be helpful for both teachers and students to view before submitting a request to begin the approval process. This detailed view has been added to the “Testing” videos, making the process a lot clearer. You can check it out on our YouTube channel, here.

Diana Robles, MAD-teacher at Harding Township Elementary (NJ) also created a useful document to help students with their process of ideation. Her “Ideation Guide” is included in the “Background” section of the Ideate curriculum resources! For direct access, click here. Thanks, Diana, Calvin, and everyone who helps make MAD-learn better every day!

MAD-learn Curriculum Alignment to CSforALL

We are proud to be recognized by CSforAll, an acclaimed central resource for individuals and organizations interested in K-12 computer science (CS) education.

CSforALL’s mission is to make high quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students and teachers and to support student pathways to college and career success. The CSforALL team has deep cross-functional expertise in CS education that includes policy work at the local, state, and national levels, school and district innovation, teaching, and research. Here is a link to our curriculum overview, presented in their database.


MAD-teacher of the Month

Duval County Schools’ GEAR UP School Counselor is this month’s MAD-teacher of the Month! Traci Zamor is a graduate of the University of South Florida and has been in the field of education for 15 years. Traci supports GEAR UP activities across all seven GEAR UP sites to assist students with promoting to the next grade level.

Traci has shared her expertise with others, recently at the 2020 NCCEP Conference in a session entitled “Nurturing a College-Going Culture that Ignites Engagement, Involvement, and Buy-In”.
She has been a critical part of our partnership, which began as a summer “virtual camp” and continues as a bi-weekly after school tech club. She not only brings a huge amount of enthusiasm to the project, she also works tirelessly to keep the participants involved and engaged. She obviously appreciates what MAD-learn provides for these high schoolers, and their appreciation of her is also evident in every session. Our partnership with GEAR UP programs across the country has been rewarding for everyone involved, and we thank Ms. Zamor for her love of teaching and of her charges!

Virtual Events, done right!

We have all been living (and often suffering) through the virtual conference or virtual event reality of this pandemic time. While most virtual conferences tend to be “sit and get” without much interaction, we were blown away by the interactivity and engagement of NCCEP’s Capacity Building Workshop for GEAR UP professionals across the country last week. We are a proud GEAR UP partner to programs across the country and LOVED NCCEP’s efforts in bringing the community together in an effective way through engaging speakers, interactive chats, 1-1 meetings, attendee messaging, and more.
Special thanks also to iHUB + Brock University and Teq + SMART for inviting us to speak with attendees at their virtual events and share ideas of how to engage students in meaningful ways.

Don’t leave without…

… sharing this video with one friend or colleague whose students might benefit from our program! We appreciate you!
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