What do astronauts and educators have in common?
AKA mindSpark Learning's Story
We’re not astronauts -- although, our CFO likes to say “it’s like NASA” when describing the various things we do (we correct him and say SpaceX, and send him back to counting beans) -- but we do have an exclusive understanding of an unchartered solar system.
Ok, what does that even mean? Fair enough, just bear with us -- storytelling takes time, development and good questions with even better answers.
Being an astronaut is complicated, just like being an educator is complicated. You have to understand parent and student dynamics, manage classrooms full of crazed heathens (we know ya love ‘em, but you know it's true) on the verge of starting a riot at any moment and maintain a level of peace and quiet in a whirlwind that’s akin to the G-forces an astronaut goes through while exiting the atmosphere.
We’re educators too, so we get it, which is why we developed workshops and trainings to help support educators in the three areas we believe are the most relevant to education today: Knowing Your Learner, Instructional Practices and Creative and Digital Experiences.
In other words, we believe that we’re astronauts (super educators, just like you) in a solar system wholly unknown to man, with two planets and one sun. One guess what the sun is? Knowing Your Learner.
If we don’t have a profound understanding of our learners and challenge ourselves to know them at a deeper level, then we can’t hope to bring them experiences, in the other two areas (planets), that actually work. That is why it is our foundational platform -- we can’t hope to offer our experiences without first taking the time to understand you, and bring you an experience catered to your specific needs.
We can’t hope to bring our learners Instructional Practices that challenge the status quo of fixed mindsets and cardboard boxed learning you can get just by taking a seat and hearing someone talk at you, unless we first know our learner.
And, we certainly can’t hope to bring our learners Creative and Digital Experiences that actually elevate the profession by putting tools in the hands of learners and giving them a choice when it comes to how they use that tool, unless we know how to offer a specific tool to a specific learner.
You see, we want to bring new life to education -- a system in dire need of innovation, and a breath of fresh air -- and we believe that it starts with a bit of kindling, and a spark capable of turning into a fire. We believe it starts with our three pillars, and with the solar system that governs them.
That is why we created mindSpark Learning -- to bring a learner-centric mindset to a system in dire need of it, and use that mindset to bolster the way we engage with our learners. How do we engage with our learners? Through practices that challenge both the educator and the student to think outside the box, and by providing experiences that give students and educators alike access to truly game-changing workshops and trainings they can use to start a creative revolution.
We are mindSpark Learning, and we’re here to start more than a ripple.
Meet Our Team
We are STEM leaders, entrepreneurs, design thinkers, hockey aficionados, award winning principals, advertising pioneers, coding for schools experts, skydivers, almost-pro baseball players, and educators who rock.
The mindSpark Learning Team
Our Distinguished Board Of Directors
Anna Kimsey Edwards
Vice Chair; Co-Founder at Whiteboard Advisors
Managing Director at The Nature Conservancy
Bridget Coughlin Ph. D
Chief Executive Officer
at Shedd Aquarium
John Bennett Ph. D
Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation Initiatives, University Of Colorado Denver
Board Chair; Vice President of Morgridge Family Foundation
Secretary; Community Investment Liaison at Mogridge Family Foundation
Principal at 7 Second Strategies
Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Director, Level 3 Foundation