News tagged "education"

November 6, 2015 / Libby Cole and Michael Gregor

Cultivating collaboration to ensure Detroit Head Start’s successful expansion

The movement to strengthen early childhood education in Detroit is growing, and we are excited to be a part of it. The Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative engaged us to plan, design, and implement a citywide campaign to boost enrollment in Detroit’s 65 Head Start centers along with our partners from Early Works.
June 10, 2015 / Michael Gregor

Collaborating to help kids succeed in Head Start

Since it was created 50 years ago, Head Start has impacted 32 million children and their families. It’s one of America’s most successful education programs, and uses evidence-based practices while engaging parents in meaningful ways. We helped Detroit Head Start providers begin to build shared communication strategies to recruit more families to enroll in their programs.

May 14, 2015 / Meg Heeres

Every community is resilient

This spring, we partnered again with our friend and colleague Greta Byrum at the Open Technology Institute to facilitate collaborative mapping workshops to help identify and build communication tools for neighborhood resistance in New York City.

December 31, 2013 / Nina Bianchi and Greta Byrum

Distributed design: Commotion Construction Kit

Urban planners and designers generally don’t give much thought to communications infrastructure—it’s difficult to understand and outside of our core expertise. But as technology becomes increasingly essential to community health and development, urbanism professionals have an opportunity to experiment with a powerful new medium, and to interact with communities in new and more participatory ways.

November 18, 2013 / Nina Bianchi

Commotion Construction Kit launch

Since 2010, we've worked with OTI, in collaboration with the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, to build the Commotion Construction Kit (CCK). This project is a set of essential educational tools to show people how to plan, design, install and configure community wireless networks. Designed to be a living platform, the CCK is modular and open, utilizing a simple and accessible visual language. Through this approach, users are able to mix, remix and easily generate new materials that contribute to the kit. Our utilitarian approach to design also paves the way for multilingual translations. The CCK has been recently used to build community networks locally, nationally and internationally in Detroit and Brooklyn to India and Tunisia.

July 1, 2013 / Michael Gregor

A new home for Excellent Schools Detroit

One of the most pressing topics in Detroit (and across the country) is the future of education. Many individuals, organizations, and governments are pitching their ideas to improve the experience that students and their families have in Detroit’s schools. One of those organizations is Excellent Schools Detroit — whose mission is to ensure an excellent education for every Detroit child. Much of the organization’s work is focused on teaching families about the education system and evaluating the effectiveness of Detroit’s schools.