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…
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…
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.
Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant, Maker Ed will collaborate with TSL, Albemarle County Public Schools, and the San Mateo County Office of Education to improve school-based assessment practices in maker-centered education.
Our work wouldn’t be possible without the dedication, passion, and inspiration that our partners bring to their schools and organizations each day, and we’re grateful to know and support each and every one of them. Let’s visit Waco, Texas where the Design Den at Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum was abuzz all summer with maker programming for local youth. Read more…
After three years of service to our organization, Warren (Trey) Lathe has resigned from his position as Executive Director of Maker Ed. Maker Ed continues to evolve since its founding five years ago, and we are grateful for Trey’s guidance over the last three years.
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Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, our guest author and a member of the bipartisan Maker Caucus, discusses the 21st Century SHOP CLASS Act and how it will invest in maker education, making, and teacher training.
In this blog post, Techbridge CEO Nikole Collins-Puri, discusses the mission of the organization, why including girls from low-income communities in the maker movement is necessary, and how lip balm is relevant to STEM exploration and achievement.
As this year’s Week of Making comes to a close, we are excited to publish our first annual Maker Promise report, which shares what we have learned about the state of making in schools and how this is shaping our efforts.