About this project
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**THANKS TO YOU, WE REACHED OUR INITIAL GOAL, BUT WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED** Our mission remains to showcase good teaching across the 50 states. The more schools we visit, the more content we can share with the country and the bigger our impact can be.
The Odyssey Initiative is fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions are 100% tax deductible.
What is it about Rebecca Mieliwocki's 7th Grade English Class that led her to be named National Teacher of the Year?
How did a teacher collaboration program at the struggling Sparks Middle School in La Puente, CA not just save the school from being shut down but ultimately lead to a No. 1 ranking among peer schools?
**CHECK OUT THE GREAT THINGS PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR WORK!**
Arizona Principal Jarrett Sharp : "I know that there are vivid educational success stories to be told, and frankly we aren’t telling them in effective ways. OI doubles down by celebrating triumphant success in one place and empowering decision makers to replicate that success in the policy and political arenas. True recognition comes from sharing and replicating success, OI’s making this happen."
Join us on a journey of discovery…
On September 4th, 2012, three experienced teachers will launch The Odyssey Initiative, an expedition across the 50 states to observe, document, and share what is already working in American schools. For 35 weeks, we will visit America's best schools, interview America's best teachers and observe their best practices to create a free and open educational resource for everyone to use and to improve education for all children.
Then, we will take what we find to help us build a brand new public school in Brooklyn, New York.
We will explore the questions above and many others, sharing our discoveries with you on our interactive website full of free, multimedia offerings from school tours and personal meetings in each state. Our backers will get exclusive insights into our research via podcasts, webcasts and video of lessons and interviews. They will also get VIP access during our town hall meetings with educators, parents and students. This will allow backers to hear about successes directly from the stakeholders. Take a look at all of the rewards our backers will receive on the right side of our page. ----->
It is no secret that the American education system is in crisis. But, the solutions to the challenges are already here - our best teachers in great schools across the country provide them every day through innovative and inspiring teaching. We believe we can transform the American education system from within. All we need is access to what great teachers are already doing in classrooms across America.
After our research is complete, we will use our findings to help create an amazing, new, public K-8 school to be opened in 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. Don't worry! Our dynamic web platform will live on, as we document how we modified and leveraged practices from America's best schools to appropriately meet the needs of the children in the community we are serving.
We can all benefit from a little learning. It is important that our country recognize how creatively and strategically teachers think and plan. Our research will help to inform the public about the many successes that educators are having while supporting the growth of a high-quality teacher workforce.
HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
Every Kickstarter campaign must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands. Only after we reach our funding deadline (late July), and only if we reach our target will your credit card or debit card be charged. When you give to a campaign, you are called a "backer". Once you back us, we will be in touch with you about where to send your tax documentation and your rewards. Our website and listserv are also good ways to find out how we are progressing as well as to find out how to reach us should you need to.
HOW WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS BE SPENT?Your contributions will help cover expenses related to travel, documentation of research, development of our web platform and administrative costs AND they are 100% tax deductible!
PLEASE NOTE: Our budget is much greater than our Kickstarter goal.
Participate in our conversation about what good schools are already doing so that we can help all children get access to the best education possible. Help us celebrate great teachers and make them stars.
THE ODYSSEY BEGINS SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
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