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. In 2013, more than 400 education organizations offered more than 600 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 here and here.
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:
- Expand the reach and scope of CEM in general
- Make the event more global/international, so educators around the world can learn from each other
- Increase outreach to less-connected educators; develop more programs and resources to help bring them on board
- Involve and bring together all education stakeholders--educators of all levels and roles, parents, students, policymakers, edupreneurs, community members--to magnify CEM’s impact
- Put the event on a more permanent, independent footing, so we can support connected education and connected education activities year-round, as well as build more resources to do the same.
This is the first in a series of campaigns that will continue to move the ball forward in all the areas above. All your contributions are fully tax-deductible and receipts will be provided.
If you’re a connected educator or organization, read on to learn why you should be crowdfunding, doing it with us, and not just for the sake of CEM…
If you’re an education organization, contact us to learn more about the additional special benefits your organization can gain by becoming a crowdfunding team leader. Or check out these free information and support kits for CEM individual and organizational fundraisers.
Photo: ISTE keynote speaker Jane McGonigal, an avid gamer and gamification expert, engages 6,500 connected educators in "massively multiplayer thumb wrestling" at ISTE 2014. Photo courtesy of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).