Commitments are defined as new, measurable and specific actions that an organization or multiple organizations decide to take together in support of a particular goal. You can use Make For All’s call for commitments as a mechanism for expanding what your organization is doing, developing new partnerships and securing more support for your work.
This national call to action serves as an opportunity to build momentum in your community and grow the number and variety of organizations and institutions who are working with you to support maker-centered learning. The announcement of the commitments during NOMCON in June 2019 acts as an artificial deadline to get work across the finish line.
Between now and then, what are some things you’d like to see happen in your community within this space? Learn more about how to craft your own commitment below. You can use this commitment design template to get started!
There are many organizations that have made commitments in support of a specific issue, which creates the opportunity to set new ambitious goals and accelerate progress on the work that they’re doing locally, regionally and nationally. For inspiration, you can view a list of commitments made by organizations and institutions in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to support maker centered learning as well as commitments for computer science education in 2017 and 2018.
Your organization’s commitment should be focused around the needs and individuals that you serve or want to reach. Some key topic areas in maker centered learning that your commitment could address include:
Real world learning and social impact
Supporting educators, administrators and programs
Workforce development and the future of work
Anatomy of a Commitment
Commitments can highlight the efforts of one or more organizations working together on a project, program or initiative. Here is an example of a previous commitment in support of maker centered learning. Commitments should: 1) describe new and/or expanded work; 2) be specific; 3) have a measurable impact.
Below is a list of ways that different stakeholders in your community might work with you to fill a need you’ve identified around maker centered learning.
Foundations: provide both planning grants and implementation grants at the local regional level
Manufacturers: donate equipment and supplies, encourage their employees to volunteer or provide paid time off. Provide summer jobs or internships for young makers. Provide access to more advanced equipment for projects that need it.
Makers: help design makerspaces, provide technical assistance to schools and out-of-school programs that are purchasing an initial set of equipment and materials, serve as mentors.
Local industry: help tie maker efforts to workforce needs.
Philanthropists: provide matching funding for Kickstarter or Donors Choose campaigns, provide support for schools in low-income communities.
Educational non profits: provide screening, training and matching for skilled volunteers, supporting a ‘Summer of Making.”
Design and architecture firms: develop blueprints for makerspaces for different budgets, infuse makerspaces into the designs for new schools and other educational institutions.
Districts and state education policy makers: review relationship of making to standards, assessments, graduation requirements and teacher credentialing.
Parent: support Kickstarter campaigns, parent advocacy through PTAs and school boards
Colleges and universities: help with design of making environments that draws on theory and empirical evidence, evaluation, encourage faculty and students to get involved. Provide pre-service and in-service professional development.
“Clients” for real-world, hands-on projects
Media (print, television, online): help with celebration of student making projects. Support “solutions journalism” to describe local success stories.
Internet companies: create online tools such as a “heatmap” or dashboard of which schools are active, volunteer matching, short videos from students and teachers, etc.
Mayors: organize a summit to encourage the relevant stakeholders to make and keep commitments related to this initiative
Local celebrities: help with awareness-raising, fund-raising (e.g. unique experiences or autographed sports memorabilia for fundraisers)