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Everything you need to know about training millennials for government jobs

- Ian Winbrock, LRNG West Sacramento

I’m 28, which means I’m dead center of the largest living generation in American history. I’m a millennial. Some of you reading this will be the parents of millennials, manage millennials or be millennials yourself. Last year, those of us born between 1980 and 2000 surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce. As our generation ages and continues to enter the workforce in greater numbers, we will be bringing our life experiences and quirks with us. Hiring managers, department heads and middle managers have to deal with us for the foreseeable future. We prefer technology-driven collaboration. We value and trust information coming from our contemporaries. We want to control our own projects and learning opportunities so that we can grow. We have an innate drive to do social good. Simultaneously, the Silver Tsunami is starting to hit the shores of government sector employment. State, county Read More

The Infrastructure of Learning in a Net-Centric City

- Kari Keefe, LRNG Kansas City

Kansas City is a net-centric, digital city. To be fair, this is a self-appointed label, but nonetheless, Kansas City makes a good case for it. I believe that net-centricity is a status, not a state, and we are constantly striving toward that goal. Cities are usually place-centric: you go to a particular place in order to do a particular thing. But now digital is not just a method, it’s a strategy, and when it comes to learning and education, the infrastructure of how information moves and is accessed creates a new opportunity for cities to reimagine how this information serves our community and its citizens in the connected age. In 2012, Google Fiber selected Kansas City as the location for its first fiberhood: the first neighborhood ever to receive gigabit internet. In response, Kansas City launched an entire strategy around how we communicate, engage, recreate, entertain, work, educate, interact, and Read More

Digital On-Ramps Introduces Digital Badging to Service Programs At Philadelphia Event

- Andy Stutzman, LRNG Philly

Digital On-Ramps, a workforce development program in the Office of University and Community Partnerships at Drexel University, recently shared the LRNG digital badging initiative with a broad group of service organizations as they explored how digital badges  might be used to track the work of service fellows.“Exploring Service Competencies and Digital Badging in Philadelphia and Beyond” was an ideal event to demonstrate how effectively digital badges can track young people’s learning and accomplishments. Among the attendees were service groups from the Philadelphia National Service Organizations Committee, national service programs, and service groups as far away as Chicago and Minnesota.LRNG is providing a youth-first, web-based platform focused on providing year-round, connected learning experiences for youth. Philadelphia was selected as one of eight new cities to launch the initiative this summer, and Digital On-Ramps was chosen as the anchor organization to lead the pilot, branded as LRNG Philly. Why might digital badging Read More

Learning Happens Everywhere. How Do We Make it All Count?

- Patricia Monticello Kievlan, LRNG Pittsburgh

One of 12 LRNG Cities nationwide, LRNG Pittsburgh is led by The Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh’s leading nonprofit agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making the region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Sprout stewards the Remake Learning Network, a professional network of educators and innovators working together to shape the future of teaching and learning in our region. Remake Learning has been nearly 10 years in the making and we see the network as a model for other communities interested in building collaborative education innovation networks. Recently, we published the Remake Learning Playbook to share the inside story of our experience and provide other communities with a practical resource to guide their work. Remake Learning supports learning opportunities that happen in all kinds of settings, from museums and libraries to schools and after-school programs.  We believe that learning happens everywhere, and our community Read More

U.S. mayors lead the way on innovation through digital badges

- Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento (@MayorCabaldon) and Connie Yowell, CEO of LRNG (@Connie)

The promise of digital badges took a giant leap forward today with a resolution passed by the nation’s mayors. And for millions of disconnected and marginalized young people in the U.S., the future just got considerably brighter.The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution today during their summer meeting in Indianapolis that encourages cities across the nation to embrace digital badges for workforce development, employment, financial aid, higher education, and “a broadened conception of student and school outcomes.” The resolution also encourages city leaders to leverage LRNG’s learning platform as a shared digital badging framework. For mayors, digital badges can be a powerful tool for community improvement. Badges provide avenues for mayors to work across sectors – with employers, local school districts, colleges, and civic institutions – to close gaps in educational attainment, workforce development, and employment of local talent. LRNG stands ready to support mayors’ work with its youth-centered Read More

Eight New Cities Join LRNG Movement

Our first competitive call for new LRNG Cities was a big success, drawing a large pool of exciting applications from across the country. The decision was tough, but on March 10 at SXSWedu in Austin, we announced a major expansion of LRNG movement with eight winners of the 2016 LRNG City Challenge. Each of the winning cities will receive a grant of up to $50,000, made possible by support from the Fossil Foundation to begin networking learning opportunities in their communities and kick off LRNG programming this summer. They join our four pilot LRNG Cities in Chicago, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. We are proud to add these communities to the LRNG movement: LRNG Central Ohio The Central Ohio community comprises the 14 counties in the Columbus metropolitan area. Central Ohio is home to more than 270,000 youth ages 15 to 24 — 11% of whom are disconnected from school and Read More

Calling All Cities: Take the Challenge to Revolutionize Learning

- Jessica Lindl

How could your city change the future of learning? Six innovative cities throughout the country will answer that question by taking the 2016 City Challenge to join the LRNG movement. Will your city be among them? From Chicago and Dallas to Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., LRNG is redesigning learning for the connected age — and is now set to add six additional communities across the U.S. Cities have until Feb. 19 to apply for up to $50,000 in funding from the Fossil Foundation to become an LRNG City. LRNG is an innovative, youth-centric movement that turns learning into a lifestyle, allowing young people to co-design their own learning experiences, pursue their passions, and find new paths to 21st century opportunity and jobs. Using a technology platform to connect partnerships and learning opportunities both locally and globally, LRNG holds the promise of delivering immediate, transformative change to millions of youth who Read More

A Tale of Two Cities of LRNG

- Cathy Lewis Long, Sprout Fund and Lisa Nutter, Philadelphia Academies Inc.

Pittsburgh’s pilot LRNG city and new city hopeful Philadelphia discuss LRNG’s 21st century approach to learning. LRNG has launched the 2016 Fossil City Challenge to spread the movement to six new urban communities this summer through grants of up to $50,000. In this Q&A, Cathy Lewis Long of the Sprout Fund, which has spearheaded a pilot LRNG city in Pittsburgh since 2014, joins Lisa Nutter of Philadelphia Academies Inc., which is applying for a Challenge grant, to talk about the future of learning. Q. What is an LRNG city? Cathy Lewis Long: To me, it’s a city that has harnessed all of its assets and resources for learning — as well as the virtually endless resources available online — to create a new experience of learning for young people. We’re living in this incredible moment in time with the ever-expanding presence of technology in our lives: connecting us to the Read More

City + Schools + LRNG = Success

- Gigi Antoni, Big Thought

Summer is our huge opportunity to do something really important for every child in Dallas. It is the time of year to provide children with rich learning experiences outside of the classroom. We have the resources right here in our city. We have the power to transform young lives. Research has shown since the ‘70s that summer is a time for learning loss, a time when children go hungry, a time when children are the victims of crime, and a time when there is significant erosion of social-emotional learning. This is particularly true in Dallas because one out of three children live in poverty. The impact on the achievement gap is that children not engaged in summer learning fall behind as much as two months each summer, and that loss is cumulative. Without intervention, a student could lag behind as much as two grade levels by the time they reach Read More

A Great Idea Sprouts and Grows

With the launch of LRNG in October, the evolution of learning is underway. Cities of LRNG will scale up to 10 to 15 cities in 2016. As the year draws to a close, here’s a look back at the pilot cities where a great idea took root, blossomed and grew. Chicago Launched in summer 2013 and anchored by DePaul University’s Digital Youth Network, Chicago’s City of Learning effort has been a national model for other sites. Chicago’s network has engaged nearly 60,000 youth through partnerships with over 100 youth-serving institutions and organizations, such as the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Mikva Challenge. In addition to face-to-face programs, Chicago’s City of Learning has provided youth with access to hundreds of online challenges on a diverse range of topics, including poetry, coding, and sound production. Washington Led by the DC Trust, the “District of Learning” fully launched in early 2015 and now Read More