LRNG Innovation Challenge Applications Now Available

 

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Earlier this summer, NYCWP Teacher-Leaders met with musician John Legend and Executive Director of the National Writing Project (NWP) Elyse Eidman-Aadahl to discuss Legend’s latest philanthropic ventures in education and the ways in which he is partnering with NWP to support teachers across the country.  On the heels of publication in the Hollywood Reporter‘s Philanthropy Issue, which featured Legend’s meeting with NWP, an announcement has now been made on Educator Innovator that applications for the LRNG Innovation Challenge are now being accepted.  The deadline is October 13, 2014.

From the Educator Innovator website:

Educator Innovator provides an online “meet-up” for educators who are re-imagining learning. Educator Innovator is both a blog and a growing community of educators, partners and supporters. If we want to educate a generation of young people to be innovators — to create, build, design, and use their talents to improve their world — we need to value the creative capacity in the mentors and teachers who support them. Educator Innovator gathers together like-minded colleagues and organizations who value open learning for educators and whose interests and spirits exemplify Connected Learning: an approach that sees learning as interest-driven, peer supported, and oriented toward powerful outcomes. Educator Innovator and its partners support learning opportunities for teachers, youth workers, mentors, librarians, and museum educators that are open, re-mixable, and typically free or low-cost — and share the goal of more powerful and connected learning for youth. The Educator Innovator does not see learning as the province of one institution or service, but rather sees our learning institutions and organizations as a larger ecosystem for learning, one that can be more powerful by being more connected.

In partnership with the LRNG Innovation Challenge, John Legend’s Show Me Campaign, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Educator Innovator is investing in teams of teachers who are working to expand the time and space students have to create, explore, and follow their interests and passions.  Connected Learning research and practice has shown that young people can achieve and learn when given support and opportunities to follow their interests and the time and space to create work that is meaningful to them.

The NYCWP encourages all of its members, affiliates and partner teachers to apply for this fantastic opportunity.  Please visit Educator Innovator for more information.  If your application is accepted, please notify the NYCWP – we would love to feature your project on our blog!

 

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