Hands-on, creative, and design-centered learning are elements of “maker learning.” Maker learning, and its core values of agency, authenticity and, audience, is important to teachers, leaders, parents, and especially students because it has the power to:
The broad base of support for maker learning is represented by the more than 1,700 schools that have joined the Maker Promise, by having their administration commit to identifying a champion to lead maker learning initiatives in their school or district, dedicating a space for making, and creating an opportunity to showcase student work. We continue to support these Maker Champions and their schools through resources and opportunities offered on an ongoing basis through this collaboration with Maker Ed. To receive the latest opportunities to support maker learning in your school or district, sign the Maker Promise.
The maker learning movement started as a grassroots coalition of teachers, families, and enthusiasts that has grown to be valued by school leaders and education policy makers as well. Administrators and instructional leaders are seeking resources to better support their communities in cultivating a maker learning culture with new programs and practices for their students. The Maker Learning Leadership Framework pushes the movement forward by offering a suite of resources, strategies, and models to help school and district leaders develop maker learning programs that are sustainable for schools and equitable for all students.
Our maker learning work also includes: