From the Desk of…Kristine Chadwick, Senior Director of Programs
What do Jennifer Garner, Stephen Colbert, and Justin Bieber have in common with EPIC’s work? These stars, along with many others, were part of a one-hour television special by the Entertainment Industry Foundation showcasing the education crowdsourcing initiative called Think It Up! The initiative encourages public school students in Grades 7–12 to codesign learning projects with their teachers, and allows the public to fund these projects through the DonorsChoose.org platform. Think It Up! emphasizes the importance of fostering students’ ownership of learning in ways that are tied to their interests, aspirations, and goals—a perspective emphasized in the Four Keys model of college and career readiness developed by EPIC’s founder Dr. David Conley.