EdExploreSRQ report shows increased teacher awareness, room to grow

Posted on August 01, 2013 by The Patterson Foundation

Sarasota County teachers have increased awareness of EdExploreSRQ, the online platform created in partnership with The Patterson Foundation that connects teachers and students to education experiences, according to a new report.

The findings, based on a 2013 survey of Sarasota County Schools teachers, highlights how teachers and schools are using the online platform to find learning experiences for students and pinpoints areas for growth as a community partnership takes over the responsibility of growing EdExplore opportunities in our region. 

In just two years, EdExploreSRQ has been embraced by many "early-adopter" educators. While there is room to grow, the findings reveal that meaningful change takes time, education and persistence. 

Some key accomplishments highlighted in the report are:

- EdExploreSRQ.com awareness grew from 25 percent to 50 percent of teachers who responded to the survey in the first two years.

- With support from The Patterson Foundation, the school district and key community partners built a site that is easy to use and makes experiential learning more accessible.

- There is increased use of interactive “virtual” experiences using Safari Live technology.

- A Community Partnership Agreement between the School District, providers, and foundations creates a platform for ongoing support and improvements to EdExploreSRQ. 

Some challenges noted include: 

- While a community partnership is a good start, sustainability will need to be addressed on an ongoing basis.

- Emphasize with teachers that experiences offered on EdExploreSRQ are more than field trips. Many virtual experiences that align with curriculum standards are offered.  

- There is potential to expand EdExploreSRQ to connect students with mentoring and internship experiences.

- There is potential to focus more on opportunities in the South County region.  

Read the full report. 

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