PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Declara today announced the launch of Collaboration in Common, a state-wide educator collaboration platform built on its technology. Collaboration in Common is a public-private partnership with the California Department of Education and Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation. Collaboration in Common is a statewide online professional learning community and resource exchange for all educators in California. It is also California’s first initiative to support the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign that encourages states and school districts to adopt high-quality, openly licensed educational materials and resources that can be easily shared without cost and without violating copyright laws. Collaboration In Common will eventually serve all 500,000 teachers, educators and administrators for the state of California.
“Having implemented Declara at the national level with teachers across Australia and Mexico, we’re delighted to come home and support California’s commitment to teacher-led collaborative innovation in the implementation of new state standards,” Ramona Pierson, Declara’s CEO and herself a former K-12 educator, said. “It’s appropriate that California’s teachers will further demonstrate how new technologies can build the collective capacity we know leads to better student outcomes.”
Declara’s bot-driven AI platform facilitates:
- Resource sharing across multiple local, national, and global content libraries
- Peer-to-peer learning at scale through online professional learning communities
- Collaborative co-creation in teams that design solutions to teaching and learning challenges
Pierson added, “In many ways, Declara will serve as a personalized research assistant for educators across the state. This intelligent assistant will intuitively know how to help them find, consume and share resources and gain insights from their peers. As they work in public Collections and private Teams, our CognitiveGraph™ will recommend relevant content and experts, to make teachers more effective, save them time and provide them with ubiquitous access to educational resources.”
“Collaboration in Common is a prime example of how California continues to remodel its education system to prepare our next generation of innovators and leaders,” California Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson said. “Transitioning to new state standards requires patience and persistence, and it’s critical that educators have access to ongoing professional learning experiences. By leveraging Silicon Valley technology, we’ve created a first-of-its-kind professional learning community for continuous improvement, that will save teachers time and allow them to collaborate across the expanse of our diverse state, anytime and anywhere.”
Select networks of schools and districts will launch the first learning community. In addition, a cohort of individual ‘Early Adopters’ will be invited to participate in the launch of the platform. Those interested can reserve places on CollaborationinCommon.org.
“We need to make sure that access to an excellent education does not depend on where a child lives,” Stanford Professor Emeritus Linda Darling-Hammond noted. “Instead, we need to ensure that every school’s teachers have access to the instructional resources, training, and support they need to offer deep learning experiences to all students. California’s use of digital tools to foster educator collaboration will provide important insight into new ways of ensuring equity across a state as diverse as ours.”
Declara uses machine learning and natural language processing to provide a better way to discover the content that matters to individuals, teams and communities. Declara’s proprietary CognitiveGraph™ uses semantic analysis and predictive analytics to power personalized social learning. The venture-backed company’ technology is currently in use around the world by large corporations, government departments, universities and school systems to foster deeper learning and faster innovation.