The Remake Learning Network, renowned for launching educational innovations now recognized nationally, will host more than 350 fun and mostly free events from May 15-26 during Remake Learning Days. Parents, families and kids are invited to experience hands-on, technology infused, engaging learning experiences in neighborhoods across southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
“Remake Learning was born out of an idea to better prepare young students for the 21st century, and Remake Learning Days was launched in 2016 to help the adults in kids’ lives experience for themselves how much education has changed,” said Dorie Taylor, producer for Remake Learning Days. “Most of our current K-12 schools were designed to help students work in a 20th century economy. What’s needed today, experts and advocates say, is a fundamental rethinking, a learning revolution to better meet this generation’s needs.”
Sunanna Chand, learning innovation strategist with the Remake Learning Council, points out that the Remake Learning Network started 10 years ago in 2007 — the same year the iPhone came out.
Since then, the network has grown to include thousands of individuals and more than 250 organizations working together to remake learning for the 21st century. “Many of the jobs that kids born now will have don’t even exist yet. How do we really change education to prepare kids for that uncertain future?” asks Chand.
Chand says that since the network started, there has been “a culture change in the education and innovation communities in the region around rethinking what school means, but parents hadn’t been invited into that conversation.”
Remake Learning Days is intended to bring parents, caregivers and families into the conversation. “We asked our network partners to open their doors to their own communities – to invite parents in and showcase the spaces, educators, technologies and learning that is actually happening in these spaces,” says Chand. “The main goal for Remake Learning Days is to invite parents, caregivers and families into these spaces – local schools, museums, libraries, companies, recreation centers and community-based organizations – and say this is the future of learning and get parents really involved and excited about it.”
Amelia Courts, E.D., president and CEO of the Education Alliance in Charleston, WV, and member of the Remake Learning Council, says there is a lot of positive momentum in West Virginia for the second year of Remake Learning Days. “The Remake Learning Network is funding 25 initiatives through mini grants to help schools and organizations really evolve with their communities and showcase the good work being done to create remarkable learning experiences for children,” says Courts.
“It’s so important to have grassroots support and local buy-in for any kind of initiative or reform,” says Courts. “Remake Learning Days is an excellent opportunity to be a catalyst for things that are happening at the local level.”
“One new thing we are doing this year is reaching out to all the local legislators,” explains Courts. “Legislators are getting personal invitations from the Network that showcase what’s happening in their region or district, and asking them to participate, to show up and be a part of Remake Learning Days. Seeing something in their local community is a great way to connect the work with the vision and the message for innovation and education.”
Last year, more than 30,000 people attended more than 270 events during the inaugural Remake Learning Days. That success didn’t go unnoticed.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York, who supported the local implementation of Remake Learning Days last year, has awarded the Remake Learning Network a planning grant to create a Playbook to help other communities replicate Remake Learning Days for a more nationwide 2018 event.
“Over the next five to nine months, we will think about what that national rollout might look like and how other cities without a network like Remake Learning Network could do a similar event and pull together organizations in their regions that are doing innovative and forward thinking education,” says Chand. “A plan will be released in the fall. There will be an opportunity for other communities across the country to raise their hands and say yes we want to do this.”
“We are really excited that something that started here in our region has the potential to reach a national audience and really give kids and families across the country a chance to experience this learning as well,” says Chand.
For more information visit Remake Learning Days.