DENVER, Jan. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- mindSpark Learning (mSL), a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to re-engineering education through educators with unique professional learning experiences, launched an initiative with DonorsChoose.org and the Morgridge Family Foundation to bring a summer of professional learning institutes to thousands of educators in eleven cities throughout the United States.
mindSpark Learning is hosting 34 professional learning institutes in the following locations:
- Seattle, WA
- Missoula, MT
- San Diego, CA
- Las Vegas, NV
- Denver, CO
- Chicago, IL
- Austin, TX
- Houston, TX
- New Orleans, LA
- Boston, MA
- Tampa, FL
These professional learning institutes will cover seven core topics, including design-thinking, EdTech, computer science, Google Certification, creativity and innovation, social-emotional resilience and empathy, and STEM and problem-based learning (PBL).
The Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF) has generously contributed $125,000 for these summer institutes. Teachers who post a project on DonorsChoose.org, and request any of the 34 available mindSpark Learning institutes, will be eligible for a 3X match offer made possible by MFF. DonorsChoose.org provides a platform for educators to seek financial support to attend an institute through foundations like the Morgridge Family Foundation and other philanthropic supporters.
Educators of public and charter schools are invited to apply for an institute in the location and for their topic of choice at https://www.mymindsparklearning.org/events-and-institutes/ by March 29. If you have any questions regarding fundraising and matching funds to attend an institute, you can reach out to the DonorsChoose.org team at https://secure.donorschoose.org/contact/contact_form.html
"Our team is over the moon about this opportunity to provide such an array of in-depth learning experiences for educators," said mindSpark Learning CEO Kellie Lauth. "We're beyond thankful our partners at DonorsChoose.org and the Morgridge Family Foundation, who are helping us reach our goal of impacting thousands of educators across the nation a reality this summer."
"Partnering with education leaders and philanthropists such as mindSpark Learning and the Morgridge Family Foundation is a great honor," said DonorsChoose.org Partnerships Manager Vashti Barran. "We're as eager as mindSpark Learning to kick off this initiative and provide valuable learning experiences to educators across the U.S."
For more information, please visit https://www.mymindsparklearning.org/events-and-institutes/.
About mindSpark Learning
mindSpark Learning, a Denver-based national nonprofit founded as Share Fair Nation in 2007 and rebranded in 2017, is the catalyst and intermediary between education and industry. It is re-engineering education through educators and mobilizing diverse communities to create sustained economies. mindSpark Learning leads programs and services designed to help schools understand workforce development, participate in work-based learning experiences, foster career literacy and directly connect students to mentors and authentic opportunities at a young age. Its core areas of focus are critical to today's education landscape and include STEM, EdTech, Social-emotional learning (SEL) and Equity-centered Design Thinking. These lay the foundation for skills that are inherently necessary for career success.
mindSpark Learning is re-engineering education by incorporating the voice of community leaders in a variety of fields - from education, to industry, to government. Since 2017, mindSpark Learning has impacted 13,074 education professionals. For more information, please visit www.mymindsparklearning.org.
Founded in 2000 by a Bronx history teacher, DonorsChoose.org has raised $780 million for America's classrooms. Teachers come to DonorsChoose.org to request the materials and experiences they need most for their classrooms, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. To date, 3.5 million people and partners have funded 1.3 million projects on the site, reaching 32 students and making DonorsChoose.org the leading platform for supporting U.S. public schools. DonorsChoose.org is the only crowdfunding platform that vets each request, delivers materials directly to schools, and captures the impact of every funded project with photos, thank yous, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. In 2014, DonorsChoose.org made the top 10 of Fast Company's list of the World's Most Innovative Companies, the first time a charity has received such recognition.
SOURCE mindSpark Learning