Connected Learning Networks are committed to breaking down the socioeconomic, racial, political and national silos that are perpetuated by the traditional zoned approach to schooling. By leveraging online learning, Connected Learning Networks bring together kids from different regions, nations, backgrounds and perspectives. They take a global approach to learning—focusing curriculum on important world and societal issues and encouraging kids to share and learn from their diverse experiences. They recognize that we increasingly live in a world where people will not live and work in the same community in which they grew up. It aims to provide kids with a global network, an appreciation for diversity and a desire to affect change at a global scale.
Rather than bolting technology onto an existing educational model, Connected Learning Networks leverage technology to fundamentally rethink how education happens. They embrace technology as a way to make learning more personalized, accessible and globally connected. Textbooks and lectures are replaced by the internet and live video, and kids are able to learn from home or anywhere. Technology is constantly changing, and we can only begin to imagine the opportunities that will exist in the future to make kids’ learning better. Connected Learning Networks are committed to always being at the leading edge of using and developing such technologies and always being open to fundamentally changing the learning model as new opportunities arise.
Connected Learning Networks celebrate the uniqueness of each child by giving kids considerable control over what they learn and how they learn it and by helping kids tap into their unique strengths and interests. They move away from the traditional approach of standardized curriculum and grouping by grades. They recognize that success in adulthood—especially in tomorrow’s rapidly changing world—will depend on one’s ability to be adaptable, constantly learning and unique. They recognize that in a world where the internet puts knowledge at our fingertips and AI is shaking up the job landscape, bestowing knowledge is far less important than giving kids the tools and mindset to be confident, independent and adaptable lifelong learners. They believe that developing skills like critical thinking, creativity, EQ and communications skills is at least as important as academics.