DENVER, April 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- mindSpark Learning (mSL) a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences, resulting in more students prepared for the workforce, provided an update today for its "Summer of Professional Learning," taking place across 11 cities this summer. In partnership with the Morgridge Family Foundation and DonorsChoose.org, mSL is happy to report:
- Citizen donors have contributed $75,325 to the initiative and The Morgridge Family Foundation has given $130,901 in 2x-3x matched donations
- 210 projects have been fully funded
- 198 educators have been supported across 165 schools, which will impact 30,176 students across the nation
- 190 projects are currently live on DonorsChoose.org and accepting funding
The Summer of Professional Learning, which was first announced in January, will host 34 professional learning institutes covering 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).
mindSpark Learning's Director of Professional Learning Cassie Smith received a second-place honor at the University of North Texas' Ed Tech Ascend pitch competition for mSL's EdTech Summer Institutes. The $5,000 prize money will help train educators how to use and integrate various digital tools in their schools and classrooms to ensure students are not just bystanders to technological advances. The pitch competition was presented through a partnership between UNT and Edmodo, a subsidiary of NetDragon and the largest global learning community offering a communication and collaboration platform to K-12 schools targeting teachers, students, administrators and parents.
Educators of public and charter schools can still submit projects for funding to attend an institute in the location and for their topic of choice. Projects must be submitted 60 days in advance of the project of their choice and must be fully funded 30 days prior to the Institute.
Educators at private schools are also invited to attend, and can learn more about the institutes, registration process and costs at https://www.mymindsparklearning.org/events-and-institutes.
mindSpark Learning is also still accepting philanthropic and community partners to support these institutes. Please visit https://www.mymindsparklearning.org/partner-with-us to discuss how you can be part of this initiative.
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 empowers educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences, resulting in more students prepared for the modern workforce. It does so by leading 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 problem-based learning (PBL) 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. In 2018, mindSpark Learning impacted more than 10,000 educators at 594 schools across 11 states. For more information, please visit www.mymindsparklearning.org.
SOURCE mindSpark Learning