EdExploreSRQ: Reflecting on a Learning Legacy

EdExploreSRQ: Reflecting on a Learning Legacy

Posted on October 06, 2023 by The Patterson Foundation
A community as culturally vibrant as Sarasota County possesses a wealth of hands-on educational experiences scientifically proven to increase student engagement and sustain learning. At the time of The Patterson Foundation’s inception, there was a strong opportunity to connect more children, families, and educators to those experiences, enriching their learning journeys while directly supporting their lessons in the classroom.

EdExploreSRQ, one of The Patterson Foundation’s nine original legacy initiatives, was created to realize that potential, utilizing partnerships and technology that connected teachers, administrators, and parents to numerous curriculum-aligned experiences provided by local nonprofits and teaching artists. Launched in 2011, the EdExploreSRQ.com search platform has grown to include more than 250 “Explorations” from over 70 providers focusing on the arts, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, careers, technical education, and more. Each of these explorations has been reviewed and vetted by Sarasota County Schools leaders -- ensuring that they are aligned with curriculum standards and contribute to a child’s overall learning experience.

Maintaining and evolving this robust online learning platform has taken the contributions of several community partners in the years since. Sarasota County Schools, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County have all collaborated with The Patterson Foundation to ensure local students have access to new, curriculum-aligned, hands-on learning opportunities throughout our community. Thanks to their dedicated efforts, thousands of local students -- including students from access-limited families -- have connected with interactive learning opportunities they might not have had otherwise.

As each partner’s collective efforts strengthened EdExploreSRQ’s impact, The Patterson Foundation shifted into an advisory role with the dawn of the new decade. Under the leadership of Sarasota County Schools and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, EdExploreSRQ has continued to provide enriching educational opportunities ever since -- even through the global pandemic. Their continued investment into the platform affirms its place as a key resource for local educators, students, and their families.

With EdExploreSRQ thriving through the community partners’ efforts and the EdExploreSRQ Endowment Fund, the time is right for The Patterson Foundation to wind down its direct involvement with confidence in its continued excellence. Helping to create and evolve this valuable learning resource has been one of the great privileges of The Patterson Foundation’s work in innovative philanthropy, and it will inspire our future efforts to strengthen people, organizations, and communities through the power and potential of education.

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