Teaching social skills, not by changing minds, but by changing social habits
Instead of requiring dialogue to change minds, we help children most when we increase the number of positive and neutral experiences so the child can connect more often and learn naturally through interactions at school and at play.
Designing ed-tech tools that serve, not replace, teachers.
There is no way to take the teacher out of the teaching. Curriculums should be tools that support teacher decision making by providing suggested solutions, and organizing new ideas for the teacher's tool belt. We don't want to make teacher's into robots that are restrained by automaticity. We want to help them feel like Batman, augmented and empowered with our EdTech tools at their fingertips.
Keeping data connected to real and complex learning.
Data is only useful if it is directly connected to the happiness and independence we seek to create for our students.We want learning data to be this tied to the teachable moment and this effortless to collect as the educator and learner work together. With our innovative solutions-based grids, we've found a way to make learning data relevant and effortless.
Making data 'grocery store easy' by capturing a footprint of the teacher's day:
Stores don't slow down the interaction between the customer (who needs food) and the sales clerk (who needs to collect payment) and yet the barcode on foods generates data to inform all levels of decision making about the likes and habits of the shopper, the clerk, the store layout, the effectiveness of a new sales campaign. We want educators to gather data that is merely a footprint of the work they need to do anyways and every day: planning for and working with children.
Scaling teacher talent without promoting teachers away from children.
Imagine if we built tools that allowed mentor teachers to simply model techniques with children. Then we'd stop promoting the best educators away from children. We are working to develop training materials that keeps expertise in direct connection with children at a teachable moment so everyone on the team stays focused on answering "What do we do next to help this child thrive?".
• Innovative methods spark motivation and learning during real time play with peers.
• Expertly researched "use now" strategies that foster rapid improvements in each child’s behavior and social skills.
• Our focus on “proximity” motivates children with "free samples" of the social world, well before they are required to pay for them with the tough skills of sharing, listening, and compromising.
How do you scale great teaching? Our pro bono "Social Impact Startup" is building out SaaS model training tools. We are combining our learner knowledge, habit cycles, and "narrow AI" to deliver "Just Right" strategies, enabling every adult to help children thrive.
Our edtech tools capture expert teachers' decisions, providing easily accessed guidance for less experienced educators, other team members and parents. We focus on identifying and maximizing each child's "teachable moment", answering the question, "What do we do next to help this child thrive?".
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."...Michael Jordan.
A great roster of talented people are making our Learning Seeds program better every day. From educational experts, to teachers, to designers, to software developers, to programmers, to marketing and financial experts, we're grateful to all the wonderful people who are driven to make this program improve the lives of children everywhere.
We're rolling out an exciting itinerary of talks this spring!
• An invited speaker at the MAAEYC conference, with an audience of early childhood educators.
• Co-presenter of a successful case study of using Learning Seeds methodology for inclusive summer camp experiences at the largest annual conference for Camp directors.
• Continue training and collaborating with educators at the exemplary Charlestown Nursery School.
• A guest teacher at BU for graduate and undergraduate courses on play and Inclusion.
The media gives us the opportunity to flag the important role that social development plays in enriching the lives of our young people...
guiding them towards independent participation in school, play and their ever-broadening social community.
Thanks to Kirsten Waerstad and Dharmesh Shah of Mission Marketing for a generous grant, we will be expanding this website to include a large, usable knowledge base for parents of children with social needs.
MIT Ideas, Forbes 30, MAAEYC, and BU Play in Education.
We have also been nominated for a Katerva award.
“From early-stage start-ups to late-stage growth companies. From Boston to Beijing, from Toronto to Tel Aviv and all points in between – we’re interested in finding and accelerating the break-through solutions.” From the Katerva core beliefs.
We're still at work here to continually spark joy and learning for children we may never get to meet, by buidling tools for the parents, teachers, and community memembers we won't get to personally train.