Maker Ed chats with Bri James, Maker Ed’s Content and Communications Strategist and guest host on Learning in the Making: Stamps and Patterns.
Learning in the Making: Live! invites guest hosts of color on as equal and valued partners and collaborators, so that they can tell their stories and showcase the amazing things they are making and doing! This is because youth of color deserve to see engineers, scientists, mathematicians, artists, creators, and makers of color! In this […]
Power, white supremacy, and capitalism are used to actively neglect, oppress, and murder Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). I stand in solidarity with the organizers of Black Lives Matter and the Movement for Black Lives and support the direct action of revolution in the streets all around the world. The police in the United States were created to hunt down, arrest, and maintain control over formerly enslaved Black people. This legacy cannot be forgotten in the wake of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery (Georgia), Breonna Taylor (Kentucky), George Floyd (Minnesota), Tony McDade (Florida) and the countless other Black people that have been killed due to racist police violence and white vigilantism. Read more…
Our mission is to transform teaching and learning, so what happens when the educators we serve are asked to facilitate remote learning with no notice? Or when parents are suddenly expected to provide engaging learning experiences while also juggling work, loss of income, anxiety, and uncertainty?
The public health crisis unfolding around COVID-19 has caused an atmosphere of stress, uncertainty, and fear in all of us. While emergency responses like school and shelter-in-place measures are necessary to keep communities healthy, they will also have a disproportionate impact on those who already struggle to make ends meet. This crisis has exposed what we’ve known for years: that there are deep-seated structural inequities in our education systems. Read more…
Like many of you, we at Maker Ed have been monitoring the recent developments around the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. We are monitoring local public health recommendations (from the California State Department of Public Health, Alameda County Public Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) about group gatherings and assessing the situation on a daily basis.
While at present, no Maker Ed staff is directly affected by the coronavirus, we are taking some precautionary measures to protect the health of our employees and to support our community in following social distancing recommendations. Here are some of the decisions we have made that immediately affect our work: 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.
Although this is an introductory blog post, I’ve actually been at Maker Ed for 6 months now, working behind-the-scenes running our blog, social media accounts, and other communications needs. I’ve been so busy getting involved that I haven’t had the time to sit down and write this until now! I grew up in a family of […]
I’m new to the idea of labeling myself as a “maker.” At an early age I was labeled as: a musician, a writer, a performer. I thought that this meant that I could not also be: a scientist, a mathematician, an engineer. I was led to believe that these were two completely different types of […]
Hi all! I’m Katie, and I hail from a small island (think 2,000 residents) off the coast of Washington state where I took a ferry to school, and everyone I knew was a maker of some sort because there were few formalized jobs. I grew up with a best friend whose parents made a living blowing glass. […]
When I was young, my favorite things to make were: sandwiches my brother laugh believe I was somehow both incredibly shy and incredibly bossy. I followed rules on the outside and raged defiantly against The Man on the inside (at the time, “The Man” took the shape of my mom, or directions about coloring, or pants). Making […]