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Feb 15 2017

Future Directions for Hive Chicago

#hivebuzz, Hive HQ

Mozilla has clarified what we do to support the leadership development of educators through the Hive Chicago Learning Network, thanks to the January 2017 release of a report from Outlier Research and Evaluation at the University of Chicago.

Future Directions for Hive Chicago: Developing Leaders through Mozilla Hive Learning Networks is a strategic planning report made possible by support from the Susan Crown Exchange (SCE), in partnership with the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at The Chicago Community Trust.

While Hive members have recently reaffirmed Hive’s mission and goals in service of Chicago’s teens, this report serves as a complement to those goals. Our existing mission and goals reflect our aspirations for the impacts of Hive member programs benefiting teens throughout the city. Those goals remain unchanged.

Prior to this report, however, we lacked a clear articulation of the work we Mozilla staff do to enable our membership to achieve its goals. By clarifying the work that Hive staff do, we can better understand and evaluate how our efforts result in member leadership development, ultimately creating more equitable access to learning opportunities for Chicago’s teens.


In the report you will find:

  • A problem statement and theory of action that reflect our commitment to developing and supporting strong leaders within youth-serving organizations;
  • Strategies and tactics we use in our everyday work to sustain Hive as a peer professional learning community for innovation in education;
  • Priority outcomes we aim to achieve through these strategies and tactics, along with;
  • Early indicators of success that reflect the network’s capacity to realize the promise of the Internet for learning.

While this report is an important step forward in clarifying and strengthening our work, a key next step will be to more rigorously examine our underlying hypothesis: that open, innovative practices cultivated within Hive’s peer learning community create positive outcomes for youth.

Want to weigh in on the next steps?

Join us at Hive Chicago Buzz, March 17-18, our annual celebration and hack day where we empower leaders to activate solutions in education.

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