The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation has announced a $2.25 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to accelerate collaboration and resource sharing among teachers in the state.
The grant will be used to accelerate the development of digital tools for teacher learning and collaboration, including Collaboration In Common (CiC), an online platformlaunchedby the foundation in partnership with the California Department of Education and technology company Declara in support of the U.S. Department of Education's #GoOpen campaign. The partnership will use the funds to make enhancements to the platform so that stakeholders at all levels can connect in real time and accelerate their personalized learning and professional growth. As a participant in #GoOpen, which encourages state governments, school districts, and educators to use openly licensed educational materials, California has committed to sharing its resources and strategies across state lines.
"This is a terrific step forward in helping California teachers prepare their students for twenty-first century careers and college," said Tom Torlakson, the state's superintendent of public instruction. "This new online learning space helps educators make sense of the vast amount of materials available. Collaboration in Common will help California become a leader in supporting teacher-led innovation that scales personalized learning."