FamLAB: Learning Across Boundaries

by Catherine Jhee
November 16, 2017

Children’s learning experiences in home, school, and community settings are often disconnected from one another, and this challenge particularly affects those who are already under-served. How might learning be better linked to support children’s development? How are some communities innovating to address this persistent challenge and how can digital technologies contribute toward solutions?

At a special TELOS Initiative symposium at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education on November 8, Lori Takeuchi (Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop), June Ahn (NYU), and Andrew Volmert and Kevin Levay (FrameWorks Institute) presented ongoing national research about families and children’s learning beyond school, and Sunanna Chand from Remake Learning shared examples of how educators and organizations in Pittsburgh have worked to build networks that guide students through pathways of connected learning. This symposium kicked off a two-day workshop during which regional teams collaborated on design challenges. Read on for highlights.

Professor Brigid Barron welcomed a full house to the TELOS symposium.

Lori Takeuchi and June Ahn presented some findings from a national survey of more than 1500 parents with children between the ages of 3-12 years old.

On Thursday morning, FamLAB participants representing seven regional teams gathered at Stanford’s d.school to kick off two days of design workshops.

The research teams provided overviews of their findings to help frame the discussions.

The team from FrameWorks raised some of the findings they uncovered through extensive interviews.

Then the teams began to put their heads together to define the issues they wanted to tackle.

On Friday, the teams were energized and ready to present their ideas to help build stronger bridges for learning.

Stay tuned for more information about the #FamLABProject. We’ll be publishing results in 2018! 

The FamLAB (Families Learning Across Boundaries) project is made possible through the generous support of the Bezos Family Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Oath Foundation.