Personal Story – Nicole Mirra

Key Take Aways:

  • “Students conduct research about topics that are meaningful to them and share them with stakeholders around the city to create social change and fight for social justice”
  • ” [Connected Learning] is a framework rather than a curriculum or a set of particular learning experiences. A framework simply declares a set of guiding principles and then encourages practitioners to apply those principles as they see fit”

A few of my classmates and I got the privilege of interviewing Nicole Mirra, an educator in South Central Los Angeles.  She is involved with The Council of Youth Research, it helps “students conduct research about topics that are meaningful to them and share them with stakeholders around the city to create social change and fight for social justice”. We asked her if this was something that could be implemented in other cities and she said that if both the university and the school have a trusting relationship and can establish clear goals, this is something that will take some time but will ultimately pay off.

We also asked Mirra if connected learning could be used nation wide. Mirra suggested that “it is a framework rather than a curriculum or a set of particular learning experiences. A framework simply declares a set of guiding principles and then encourages practitioners to apply those principles as they see fit”. I think this is a great way of describing Connected Learning because it can be easily formulated and designed to be specific for a certain classroom. I actually think it is SUPER important to make sure connected learning is designed for every specific classroom, it should be a framework FOREVER!

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