Organized by: Lee Fox
Event Name: Women Startup Challenge
How do we ensure our kids have the best possible future? Some people say it's about helping them "stand out" through the mastery of a unique life-skill. Others believe it's about "making the grade" in school. In fact, qualities like grit, leadership, empathy, adaptability and curiosity are the real building blocks for a happy life -- but these are skills that can't be "taught," they have to be mastered through life experience.
That's why we built PeerSpring -- a civic-tech educational platform that helps students understand, apply and master core skills through the practice of good citizenship and passion based learning. (Our video explains exactly how we do this in 3-minutes, watch it here).
WE NEED YOUR HELP! A contribution -- big or small -- will help us achieve OUR DREAM of building better and brighter futures.
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- Who uses PeerSpring?
Teachers, librarians and students. Though we welcome anyone under the age of 30, we're primarily working with youth (15-thru-24) who seek to master life skills and become powerful change-makers. See some of their projects here!
- What is the value to students?
Passion-based learning. Students connect with their peers on issues that uniquely matter to them. In PeerSpring's recent high school pilot, one student group proposed a social action project for teen suicide prevention and are forging ahead by building a mobile app. We are proud PeerSpring has such a high value touchpoint.
- What is the value to teachers?
Student achievement. Overwhelmed already with state and district demands, most teachers now also have to integrate 21st century tools (especially technology and digital information resources) into their day-to-day rigor. PeerSpring makes this easy by providing teachers with a way to connect their own content and/or lesson plan into our resources section. See how our news stories are curated and integrated with the Common Core for open discussion, essay questions or homework assignments.
- What is PeerSpring's value to school administrators?
Professional development. Since standards and digital tools alone can not secure outcomes for student achievement, PeerSpring provides customized professional development and student workshops to equip teachers and learners with the mindset and strategies to build 21st century skills and ready students for college and career. After learning about our comprehensive program and digital tools, one assistant superintended said, “It’s not often an opportunity like [PeerSpring] falls into your lap, thank you for your passion and commitment to student achievement.”
- What will the money be used for?
Onboard more schools. The best way to help our students is to keep PeerSpring open and free to use.
- Can you explain how PeerSpring works step-by-step?
Three easy steps: (i) Our system ignites the learner through "hot-button" social, economic or environmental news stories which serve as adaptive content to enhance standards based curriculum. We also promote cross-collaboration between learners who are passionate about the same issue. (ii) Our extended inquiry process involves authentic questions and carefully designed tasks that teach character qualities and higher-order competencies not typically captured in other ed tech products. By choosing initiatives that are personally relevant and meaningful to them, students develop critical college-and-career-ready skills and activate good citizenship through thoughtful, cooperative, responsible actions that happen both inside and outside the classroom. (iii) When students’ social action projects gain traction, such as by receiving funds from the community or media attention, their plan moves from a “private” link to one that is published, thus earning various skill based micro-credentials that ultimately benefit their future outside the halls of academia.
This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.