Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
Many government/low fee schools are overburdened & lack resources, teaching by rote, ignoring individual needs/the future/creativity, not teaching vital skills. Inequity exists due to differences in income/gender/race/religion/geography. Research shows play & socioemotional skills bridge such issues. SEL programs must be holistic, scalable, sustainable, adaptable, educationally sound & measurable.
How does your innovation work in practice?
We equip facilitators (teachers/parents/community) with an app to deliver proprietary content adaptable to any language/culture, taught anywhere by anyone. Only facilitators require the app to teach in person/remotely. In app videos address last mile issues. Via a breadth of skills approach every child shines & socio-emotional skills are developed. Activities or full lessons can be taught from Self, Society or Ecology Umbrellas or Pandemic Recovery Activities. Classes are active, experiential, engaging, iterative & play-based. Kids feel included, schools & educators win, society strengthens.
Research basis: https://bit.ly/3vOSLON
Theory of Change: https://bit.ly/3usXBQy
Facilitators measure impact, collect participant feedback, are rewarded with tokens for positive action via the app; they’re pedagogically upskilled across subjects, improve their social emotional competencies whilst teaching, achieve greater job satisfaction & are less likely to burnout.
How has it been spreading?
Completed 75x50 minute lessons, teacher resources, Pandemic Recovery Activities
Reached 800 teachers, 18k+ kids
Tested in many settings
Documented framework to close digital divides on the lines of income, race, gender, geography to include the most disconnected communities. Report submitted to WEF Davos Labs 2021 to enable replication globally: https://bit.ly/3e4HcNS
Cited by Brookings Institution as playful learning model: https://bit.ly/3nWsLxd
Featured as UN Best Practice in SDG 4&5: https://bit.ly/3hk77AI
Winner: 2021 Jacobs Foundation/MIT Solve Most Promising Innovation, Equitable Classrooms Challenge: https://bit.ly/3us69YP
Member of Global Happiness Council Working Group, Columbia University
Goals: Implement globally; influence policy & curricula.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Please visit https://projectrangeet.com/app/ to download a free version of the app which includes a tutorial, free trial and Pandemic Recovery Activities that can be carried out in schools, communities or at home. Hit the sign up button to access all lessons for US$100/year or US$10/month enabling anyone anywhere to teach any number of children. Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.