In Chicago, the appetite for connected learning—a pedagogy that connects a youth’s passions, peers, and purpose to his/her learning—continues to grow. In the most recent 2016 Round 2 request for proposals, the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning (Fund) at The Chicago Community Trust received close to 300 percent more requests than the allotted pool. Traditional education models often struggle to engage young people and our current budget crisis has left few resources available for innovative approaches to youth development. Thus, it’s no surprise that many are looking for solutions and are finding them with the Hive. The Fund is committed to supporting and shifting the paradigm of youth-centered approaches to learning in partnership with the Hive Chicago Learning Network (Network).
As part of its continued commitment, the Fund is announcing $398,131 in support of 12 collaborative projects that seek to advance the highest quality of connected learning experiences for under-served youth and educators in Chicago.
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Project proposals are maturing and spreading connected learning in Chicago in a variety of ways. For some, the Fund provides an opportunity to push their organizations to shift pedagogical practices to youth-centered approaches. Incorporating connected learning is an innovation for such organizations and for the larger Chicago youth development ecosystem. For others, the Fund provides a chance to spread their ideas to more youth. In this particular round, we saw a reoccurring strategy to increase spread through in-school teacher professional development. If the Hive is to achieve its vision of utilizing innovation to transform learning experiences for Chicago’s youth, pushing boundaries at both ends is required.
If you’re looking to build solutions that meet our most persistent challenges in learning, we invite you to the funded project showcase on November 17 at the Hive Chicago Learning Network Meetup.
The Fund was seeded through generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (MacArthur) as part of its Digital Media & Learning program. Current contributors to the Fund include the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, SCE, and The Chicago Community Trust.