MakeKnowledge is an R&D lab for education. We innovate for education, so that education can serve its highest goals–building a thriving public, and raising creative and caring citizens and changemakers–in an ever changing world.
This approach requires an ecosystem approach, understanding the varied and fractured landscape of education, and understanding the opportunities and constraints when working at various scales. It also requires a deeply skilled innovation practice.
The mission of MakeKnowledge is to create ecosystems of opportunity in education. Just like sustainable agriculture attends to the health of the soil as well as the productivity of the crops, sustainable ecosystems of opportunity attend to the relationships, culture, and practices of educational communities as well as the vision and strategy of the leadership, and the achievements of the learners.
How can you create ecosystems of opportunity in K-12 and K-20 education?
In the current popular imagination, the way to create change in education is to seek the “disruption” of “broken systems.” It is starting from scratch, with new schools (charter or micro, public or independent), new forms of schooling (online, corporate-owned), or just new administrators cleaning house and starting over. To be sure, there are many problems in K-12 education, and most of these have been well documented by scholars and practitioners.
Our view is that schools—being made of people, and made to serve people—are not ever perfect systems, but capable of learning and improving and innovating. Broken systems do not need disruption so much as fixing. And almost all schools are capable of building a culture of innovation to benefit all their constituents.
Our current work is largely in two rich areas for development. The STEM++ work explodes the prevailing myths about STEM by improving the WHO, HOW, and WHY of STEM and STEAM education. Learn more at stemplusplus.org. Our Global Climate Changemakers work shares some of the important DNA of our STEM++ work, namely that we need everyone to be empowered as STEM learners to create new interdisciplinary solutions for climate resilience. We also believe that schools can be engines of innovation in their communities, working with local and international partners in civil society to build opportunity and resilience.
Supporting the work
MakeKnowledge is a California 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Please support our work with your tax-deductible donation, either using the PayPal link below, or by visiting our Crowdrise fundraising page here: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/makeknowledge2019.
Our Tax ID is 82-1007599.