Connecting with people who have a similar goal is the best way to get stuff done. And yet, many people (and schools) don’t know where to start when it comes to bridging the divide between schools and their community.
Students spend a total of 15,000 hours in a school room before they graduate from high school, disconnected from their community. What would happen if we used that time to teach the core subjects through projects that helped make the community a better place?
Spoiler: we already know the answer because it's happening in cities across the country. Long story short, everyone wins (see examples).
Help educators break down the walls of their classrooms and engage students in work that matters, and see what students can do for you!
As a Project Partner, you can work with educators on specific challenges that you or your community face. Project Partners collaborate with educators to create a project or challenge, and then serve as the audience when the project is completed. This can be done in person or by Skype.
As a Learning Partner, you can add your insights and expertise to existing projects as a way to add depth, connection, and authenticity to the projects students are eager to bring to life. Part mentor, Learning Partners take an active role in working with the teacher throughout the semester.
EdHarmony is in development and we will be focusing our ground game in cities that show the interest. Any thoughts, suggestions, or connections would be greatly appreciated.
While this platform will be used to match teachers to community partners, it can also be structured to support new learning models in cities looking to reimagine school entirely. Elliot Washor, the co-founder of Big Picture Learning, is working alongside civic leaders in cities across the country, looking to create skill-based learning approaches geared towards workforce readiness.