No educator should be an island; every dollar you raise or donate helps build bridges connecting thousands…
All the research agrees--if you want to improve education, start by helping teachers. And there’s a lot of evidence that connected educators--educators who know how to use social media and online communities in their practice--are better able to support student learning. Connected Educator Month (CEM), an online festival started by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012, helps get more educators connected, broadens/deepens the connections they have, and supports collaboration and innovation in the field. This year, more than 800 education organizations offered more than 1,000 events and activities during CEM, providing hundreds of thousands of hours of professional development opportunities to millions of K-12 educators and others around the world. You can learn more about Connected Educator Month from the US Department of Education reports about the 2012 and 2013 celebrations.
As successful as CEM has been, there are still many educators in the U.S. and around the world who are not connected, and many more who are not yet taking full advantage of the opportunities connected education affords. At the same time, CEM has outgrown the Department of Education’s ability to support it alone. We’re seeking your support to:
- Provide basic support for the event so it can continue, and allow it to continue to grow sustainably
- Increase outreach to less-connected educators; develop more programs and resources to help bring them on board
- Support connected education and connected education activities year-round, not just during October, including innovations in the field
- Expand the event to involve more stakeholders in the US and around the world, to magnify its impact as a force for change