Saying Goodbye to Maker VISTA: Looking to the Future!

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Maker VISTAs Anna Milada Grossi and Claire Tiffany-Appleton found it difficult to put their year as VISTAs into words, not because of a lack of projects, events, or tasks, but from the challenge of categorizing the relationships they’ve established and the future outcomes of all their work at Lighthouse and Lodestar. Read more…

Saying Goodbye to Maker VISTA: Inspiring Passion and Confidence!

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After five inspiring and challenging years, we will be concluding the Maker VISTA program in Fall 2018. To celebrate the impact of this work, we’ve asked our amazing Maker VISTA members to reflect on their experiences and accomplishments this school year. In this post, Carey Habiger, a VISTA member who recently completed her year serving at San Fernando Middle School, shares more about how she and the youth and educators she served, have been affected by maker-centered learning and capacity building. Read more…

Saying Goodbye to Maker VISTA: Bigger and Better Than Ever Before!

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After five inspiring and challenging years, we will be concluding the Maker VISTA program in Fall 2018. To celebrate the impact and success of this work, we’ve asked our amazing Maker VISTA members to reflect on their experiences and accomplishments this school year. In this post, Khalil Pettway, a VISTA member serving at Drew Charter School, shares more about how he, and the youth and educators he serves, have been affected by maker-centered learning and capacity building. Read more…

Saying Goodbye to Maker VISTA: Stories and Gratitude from Our 5th and Final Year of Programming

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Since fall of 2013, Maker Ed has had the honor of running the Maker VISTA program in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Through the incredible and enduring work of partner sites and members within their respective communities, we have carried forth the mission of the AmeriCorps VISTA program by using making as a tool to address systemic issues in education in unique and substantial ways. Maker Ed made the hard decision to discontinue the VISTA program last year, and in September 2018, we will conclude our Maker VISTA program. Read more…

Fulfilling the Maker Promise, Year Two

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In 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed launched the Maker Promise, a campaign to bring quality making experiences to students across the country. Since the launch, we’ve challenged school leaders, educators, and community members to show their support for maker learning by committing to being champions for making, supporting spaces to make and learn, and […]

Meet Kyle Cornforth, Maker Ed’s New Executive Director

We’re thrilled to announce that Kyle Cornforth has joined Maker Ed as our new Executive Director. She comes to us from the Edible Schoolyard Project, where for two decades she has worked with teachers from all over the world to shift their educational practices and approach. Read more to learn more about Kyle and her approach towards educational transformation.

Introducing: MakerSphere!

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During the five years that our Maker Corps program ran, we learned a lot! The program evolved each year to meet the ever-changing needs of maker educators across the country, and now, we’re excited to be launching a pilot year of MakerSphere, new effort that takes into account all that we’ve discovered.
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