Community Involvement

COOL Visits the University of Michigan School of Education

COOL Co- Founder, Ashara Shepard-Lance had the pleasure of discussing digital equity with pre-service teachers pursuing their Masters in Education at the University of Michigan. During the pandemic the issue of digital equity is paramount as K-12 educators nationally attempt to teach remotely. The next generation seems ready with solutions to attack the problems of the digital divide. GO BLUE!

Michigan After-School Association Collaborative Summer Summit

COOL School Technologies hosted a session entitled Playing With Toys: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving with Technology Tools at the Michigan AfterSchool Association Collaborative Summer Summit in Lansing, Michigan. Directors, teachers, and out-of-school time professionals learned how to use free web tools to engage students in their afterschool programs to support the academic core. We had a great time sharing resources and learning about the MOST standards that guide the work of these professionals. We hope to collaborate with them again!

COOL School Technologies Partnership with One Love Global's Peace and Prosperity Youth Movement

COOL School Technologies has partnered with One Love Global to provide curriculum support for Michigan Common Core State Standards and Educational Technology in the design of its Peace and Prosperity Youth Movement Curriculum (PPYM). Through the PPYM curriculum, high school students identify individual goals and collaborate with one another to connect their individual goals and talents towards solving a community problem. The goal is to increase student community awareness and engagement towards positive social and community change.

National My Brother's Keeper Alliance

The MBK Community Challenge encourages communities (cities, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born. Nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives across 43 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge.

COOL School Technologies, L3C is a member of the Michigan MBK planning team of community, education and civic entities to provide support for organizations that accepted the My Brother's Keeper Promise to address key milestones to improve conditions for students of color.