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Now Hiring : Project Coordinator (Remote)

Posted Jul 28, 2020

Project Coordinator (Remote)  Description:  We’re looking for someone committed to helping transform the world of learning!     The Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) seeks an organized, dynamic, self-starter to help coordinate and facilitate several on-going national and international projects, virtual meetings, and events. The applicant selected will work full-time, remotely from a location of their choosing (with the exception of occasional required travel), and will… (Read more)

A statement from The Institute for Learning Innovation

Posted Jun 3, 2020

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education, and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”   Dr. Martin Luther King, leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, evoked these words during his acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway when… (Read more)

When our community goes digital: reflections on a changing paradigm

Posted May 26, 2020

I travel to carry out research and evaluation studies – and I travel for conferences and workshops. There’s ScienceTalk, NARST, Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS), Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST), the Science Events Summit, and Visitor Studies Association Conference (VSA).   Just to name a few of my favorites.   Particularly in… (Read more)

Social-Emotional Learning is paramount during COVID-19

Posted May 11, 2020

Mommy is everything all right–why do you look so sad? Many of you may have heard a child, grandchild, niece or nephew, or friend’s child, say something like this of late. Possibly, you also may have observed your 4-year-old being “clingy”  or your 10-year-old having nightmares more frequently than in the past. As adults, sometimes… (Read more)

We’re still learning

Posted May 5, 2020

Our remote team here at the Institute for Learning Innovation was supposed to be gathered in Detroit this weekend for one of our two annual in-person staff retreats – and like so many other events around the world, this too was canceled due to COVID-19. We’ve taken it online and have been doing our best… (Read more)

COVID-19: What your kids REALLY think

Posted Apr 28, 2020

Are we doing a good enough job? Are we meeting the needs of our children? Are they happy?  These questions float through the weary heads of parents nightly since the recent public health crisis has us doing double duty – working and facilitating at-home learning experiences for their children.   Since we at The Institute for Learning Innovation… (Read more)

There is a Crisis in U.S. Education- but it is NOT because of Covid-19

Posted Apr 20, 2020

These are definitely tough times. The coronavirus pandemic has created a serious public health crisis, a serious economic crisis, and a serious public welfare crisis. However, the education crisis we now perceive was not caused by Covid-19. Currently, newspapers and online platforms are filled with articles describing how terrible it is that children are missing… (Read more)

It’s only been one month! I don’t think I can do this. 

Posted Apr 13, 2020

  As I was washing the backpack and lunch bag we haven’t needed for the past few weeks – it hit me. My 3rd grader may not be going back to school again. At least not this year. Will he have to do 3rd grade over again when schools re-open in September? Or will they start them… (Read more)

Making family history during COVID-19: What can grandparents do?

Posted Apr 7, 2020

If you are grandparents like my husband John Falk and I, you may be getting extra calls from your grown children, notes from your grandchildren via Messenger Kids and video call opportunities galore. Our kids are worried about whether we are taking the proper safety precautions and managing to shop and eat while staying healthy… (Read more)

Learning is Social (Even during social isolation!)

Posted Mar 31, 2020

I ended the week feeling pretty capable. I felt like maybe I could be a full-time employee working from home while creating learning opportunities for my son at the same time.  I did some good work for the Institute for Learning Innovation. I made homemade banana walnut muffins, I taught my 9-year-old son about several… (Read more)