Encourage relationship building between youth & adults with these 10 youth-inspired changes to your organization’s environment

By Bernadette Sánchez, Tené Gray, and Elsa Rodriguez We have been working on a research project with Hive Chicago to understand relationship building between youth and adults. Hive Chicago is a diverse network of civic and cultural institutions that is focused on transforming the learning landscape by empowering youth and educators to enact Connected Learning. […]

Spark: Integrating Mentoring and Connected Learning

by Sarah Schwartz As described in an earlier post, connected learning is learning that is interest-driven, socially-embedded, and academically-oriented. In this post, I wanted to highlight Spark, an innovative program serving middle school students that is integrating mentoring and connected learning in an apprenticeship model. I had the privilege of attending a Match Event at one […]

Short new animated film describes “connected learning”

  Connected Learning: Relevance, the 4th R Here is a new video that explains MacArthur Foundation’s Connected Learning initiative. Connected Learning happens is when youth are pursuing expertise around something they care deeply about, and they are supported by friends & institutions who share this common passion that is tuned to the demands and opportunities […]

What is connected learning?: Implications for mentoring

by Sarah Schwartz, Ph.D.,Postdoctoral Fellow, MacArthur Foundation, Connected Learning Research Network.  Connected learning is a framework developed to understand and support learning in current social, economic, technological, and cultural contexts (Ito et al., 2013). In a society where existing educational pathways no longer guarantee opportunity, and with a growing gap between the haves and the […]

Sarah Schwartz, Ph.D. is the “Connected Learning” Editor

Sarah Schwartz is the newly appointed MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Connected Learning. As editor of this new column, she will share with the mentoring community the many new research projects and ideas that are emerging from the Connected Learning Research Network and beyond. Within this context, Sarah will highlight her new research on youth […]

Digital media and mentoring Re-imagining learning for the 21st century Although many parents and educators have misgivings about the new generation’s immersion in digital media and social networking, these tools can be harnessed in news ways that build knowledge, connect young people to their interests and passions, and provide new pathways to learning. So, rather than squelch and […]