The last few weeks have caused us all to rethink our roles in a society where we have the injustices, the unrest, the discrimination, and the upheaval that we have in the US today.
We know we must do better. At MAD-learn, we have always valued diversity in our small but mighty team. We have always empowered every voice on our team to contribute to our collective well-being and gain from our collective success. We continue to empower underserved students and to help their teachers do better for them. But that is not enough.
Today, we are announcing a dollar for dollar match for all funds spent on MAD-learn by Title 1 schools. These additional funds will be used to increase access and opportunity for students who can benefit most from learning entrepreneurial skills and the design thinking process through our program. In light of the continuing hard work that needs to be done to advocate for and build a more equitable and just society for all of us, we hope this is one step in the right direction.
Founder & CEO
Student CREATE Even Through Changing Times
During these last months, schools have been thrown into re-inventing their program delivery. The new approach to virtual summer camps is just starting up. MAD-camps have barely begun (only one, so far), yet over 500 apps have been created and worked on just since the middle of March! We are so proud to be able to offer teachers and students such quality learning experiences during these challenging times, and we are looking forward to both the upcoming virtual camps and the coming school year (even though we don’t know what that will look like yet). We applaud the teachers and administrators who have recognized the value of making such a strong and accessible tool available, and we have enjoyed seeing the work that students have produced. Check out the MAD-store app to see the latest additions from students who followed through with the full publishing process!
Reminder About PD Funding Sources from ISTE
ISTE has released information on new funding for professional development. “As the COVID-19 crisis continues, many educators are looking for opportunities to sharpen their online teaching skills. The good news is there’s still plenty of time for teachers to get the PD they need to be ready to meet the challenges ahead.”
Applying for grants and scholarships
Tapping CARES Act funds
Using ESSA and IDEA funds
Spending 2019-20 budget dollars
Become The Captain of your Virtual Classroom!
MAD-teacher of the Month
Monica Ralph is totally devoted to her students and wants her colleagues to have the best resources possible. She serves as an Intervention Specialist, 8th Grade English and Language Arts, Math, and US History teacher at Summit Academy of Lorain, OH. One would think that those would be plenty of hats for one educator to wear. One would also think that just trying to keep up with the changes that schools like hers have faced would be enough to keep any teacher busy. However, Monica is not an average teacher. After being introduced to MAD-learn, she decided that she would build an app for her school to use. The app, called “ThisIsSummit”, includes sections for all middle and upper school teachers as well as resources staff. She involved each member in creating custom looks and desired functions for their individual sections, building over 120 screens of content! We look forward to seeing how the school benefits from the work that Monica has done, and we are proud to have partnered with her!
…checking out the new curricular resources, including all new slide deck and video tutorials! Everything has been updated to reflect the MAD-learn Platform’s new look and enhanced functionality!
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