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Learning Stewards

Changing how we think about learning can change how we learn about everything.

aka The Magic Ladder and Children of the Code Projects   |   ANCHORAGE, KY   |  learningstewards.org
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Mission

Learning Stewards is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to advance society’s understanding of learning and the profound role it plays in all our lives. We are founded on the principle that “nothing is more important to our children’s futures than how well they can learn when they get there.” We believe that “stewarding the health of our children’s learning” should be the core principle of educating and parenting. We create educational technology—The Magic Ladder Project and Interactive Orthography—and conduct professional learning programs—The Children of the Code Project and Boot Camps.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

David Boulton

Main address

PO BOX 23536

ANCHORAGE, KY 40223 USA

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EIN

26-3245117

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The common ways we think about and talk about learning are in and of themselves learning disabling. We constantly use words and terms to refer to learning that hides the role of learning. Words like Imprinting, Socialization, Brainwashing, Propaganda, Inculcation, Habituation, Conditioning, Exposure, Acquisition, Absorbing, Develop, Mature, Evolve, Bloom, Ripen, Raised, Brought up, Parented, Schooled, Taught Influenced, Shaped, Guided, Molded, Programmed and terms like Led to believe, Grew up believing, Raised to believe, Brought up to believe, Keep an open mind, Listen carefully, Pay attention, How do you know, Allow me to explain. By disavowing the broader role of learning through our language, we create a self-imposed learning disability. We miss out on appreciating the vast ways in which learning shapes our identities, relationships, and interactions with the world. We attribute its effects to external factors, neglecting the intricate and internal dance of becoming.

Our programs

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OLSN the Online Learning Support Net

The Online Learning Support Net (OLSN) is a technology that makes every word in any digital text its own instant, on-demand, help button. Touching or clicking any word immediately launches the OLSN Pop-Up. The pop-up is a small window that appears adjacent to the selected word and which contains a series of visual and audible animations that guide learners through recognizing the word while also helping to improve their reading skills in general. For words they recognize but don’t understand, a second layer of reference support is available via the “Word Explore” button. Word Explorer provides definitions, synonyms, roots, and translations.

OLSN provides a radically new and more neurologically efficient way to guide and support beginning and struggling readers. Rather than using abstract exercises to train beginning and struggling readers (like all other reading instructional methods), I/O provides reading instruction and support on the live edge of reading. Our technology supports struggling readers on virtually any device, regardless of their current reading skill, age, grade, or content area. For beginning readers, I/O acts like “Training Wheels” that safely guide them through learning the foundational elements required for fluent reading. For those who struggle and no longer receive reading instruction, I/O provides a “safety net” that improves their reading abilities while enabling them to learn from materials otherwise beyond their reading abilities.

OLSN is available in two ‘products’: 1) The Magic Ladder Library (https://mlc.learningstewards.org/) —an evolving library of curated beginning reading materials, and 2) OLSN Chrome (https://mlc.learningstewards.org/olsn/) —a browser extension that provide OLSN support to any page running in the browser.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Family relationships
Academics
Activists

The Children of the Code Project is a ‘case in point’ for how poorly our society understands learning and the personal and societal costs of unhealthy learning. Consisting of over 100 interviews with field leading scientists and scholars the COTC project has produced over 140 video segments that cover subjects ranging from the origin of writing to the neurology involved in producing the virtual language experience we call reading.

The Children of the Code is a project of Learning Stewards a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Founded in 2008, its mission is to ‘make the case’ (economically, politically, socially, neurologically, psychologically, educationally, parentally) for “stewarding the health of our children’s learning”.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Teachers
Caregivers
Researchers
Activists

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To change how people think about learning! Instead of thinking of learning as an ancillary mental utility, people need to understand it as the central dynamic of being human - the dynamic of human becoming from conception to death.

We are working with people around the world to develop new ways to catalyze dialogue that focuses on changing how people think about learning. We are involved in a w3c group on redesigning the WWW. And international ethics group on ethical organization.

We write articles and posts, conduct and give interviews, produce videos and speak at public events all to change how people think about learning. For examples: https://learningstewards.org/cant-help-but-learn/ https://learningstewards.org/implicate-order-learning/Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/35RDWgnsQJZpwmNPrArOZe? Video: https://learningstewards.org/dialogue-johnson3/

We have a team of volunteers that includes writers, graphic artists, videographers, video editors, web services, and software architects.

We have created hundreds of videos, many of which are used in college courses. We have 3 major websites that support learners from around the world,

Financials

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Learning Stewards

Board of directors
as of 01/30/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Boulton

Learning Stewards INC

Kirk VandeBerghe

Gary David

David Boulton

Deanna Kaparo

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