When the COVID-19 pandemic closed down our world, it may have affected education more than any other sector. Students, all of a sudden isolated at home, had to find meaningful interaction with their courses and instructors. On the other side of the equation, teachers were left scrambling, without resources, doing anything they could to keep the ever-important connections between themselves and their students alive.
Having worked intimately with education groups for over a decade, we knew the stakes, and we knew we had to do something to keep education alive. We reached out to a group of entrepreneurial funders and nonprofits, led by the Stand Together Foundation. Quickly we began to draw out a strategy for what we thought would be the next month but quickly became the next year of at-home learning.