We distributed the following release via Mailchimp to our media contacts on November 15.
Tucson-based CommunityShare has been selected by global education nonprofit HundrED, as one of the 100 most inspiring K-12 education innovations across the world. CommunityShare was chosen for its pioneering status and ability to create a scalable impact.
CommunityShare connects teachers and students to the real-world expertise of people and organizations throughout the community. The initiative uses an online platform to match teachers and classrooms with community partners – artists, scientists, businesses, entrepreneurs, academics, parents, retirees, nonprofits – who serve as project collaborators, mentors, and guest speakers. CommunityShare founder Josh Schachter describes the platform as a “human library of local wisdom for our schools and teachers to tap into.” The ultimate goal is to build a learning ecosystem that empowers teachers, engages students, and connects the larger community directly in the work of strengthening our schools.
Schachter presented at HundrED’s Innovation Summit, which took place November 7-9, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. He facilitated a Master Workshop on “Transforming Communities into Equitable Learning Ecosystems” at Helsinki Education Week and presented CommunityShare at the Innovation Summit to over 500 education innovators around the globe.
“We’re truly honored to have been selected as one of HundrED’s 100 global innovations this year. It is amazing to have the opportunity to learn from other innovators and share CommunityShare’s work beyond Arizona and the U.S. using HundrED’s network. We connected with many inspiring organizations, and there is now interest in expanding CommunityShare to Australia, Belgium, France, and New Zealand,” shared Schachter.
Out of this year’s collection, Frederika Warren, Researcher at HundrED, predicts that US-based CommunityShare“has the potential to have a big impact” as it’s “simple and has a great concept.”
Saku Tuominen, CEO of HundrED, said: “Spreading innovations such as CommunityShare across borders can be a gamechanger for education, worldwide. We will continue to encourage as many stakeholders as possible including schools, educators, administrators, students and organizations to get involved so that we can work towards a positive future.”
More information about CommunityShare visit: www.communityshare.us.
For Media Inquiries: Josh Schachter, Director/Founder, CommunityShare, [email protected], 650-678-4891
About CommunityShare: CommunityShare is an education initiative that is re-imagining the relationship between schools and communities. CommunityShare features an online platform that matches educators with regional community partners who want to serve as mentors, project designers, internship hosts, content-area consultants, guest speakers, and field trip sponsors. Some think of the platform as a “human library” that empowers teachers and their students to tap into local “human books” of wisdom and experience in their community. Through in-person learning experiences with community partners, students become more engaged in school because of the increased “real-world” relevance in the curriculum, discover new career possibilities and expand their access to social capital and caring adults. By directly engaging individual professionals, corporations, nonprofits, parents, academics, and others in schools, CommunityShare also increases the public’s understanding of education and their agency to become advocates for it.
About HundrED: HundrED shares best practice ideas and K12 innovations across borders to help improve the future of education globally. To achieve this, a team of researchers investigates innovations from around the world to determine 100 projects annually that are changing the face of education. This year, nearly 2,000 innovations were considered for this distinction through research, events and recommendations and then 160 were evaluated by HundrED’s academy made up of educational experts, educators and students (ages 11-19 years old) from 28 countries on their innovativeness, impact and scalability. The selected 100 K-12 innovations for 2018 cover various fields of education from learning environments and holistic wellbeing to collaborative learning and game-based education, as well as a range of themes including small teacher-led practices, ambitious not-for-profit initiatives, viral edtech products and unique whole school models. To share the K12 innovations, HundrED has an online platform so that educators around the world can trial and review the selected innovations for free. To explore the global innovations, visit: www.hundred.org.
About CITY Center for Collaborative Learning: CITY Center for Collaborative Learning designs, implements and advances exemplary practices in teaching and learning that transform the lives of young people and their educators. The Tucson, Arizona-based nonprofit provides professional development and community engagement experiences for educators and education advocates, while leading three small secondary schools that serve as demonstration sites. CITY Center for Collaborative Learning is the nonprofit fiscal sponsor and a strategic partner of CommunityShare. For more information visit CITYccl.org.