At Participate, we come to work each day because we want to help educators be the best they can be. We believe that investing in educators means investing in safer, healthier and more equitable communities and societies.
As former educators, instructional designers and education researchers, our team is familiar with the traditional ineffective learning models most educators experience and, frankly, we want better for our field. We want to live in a world in which every educator has continuous access to the innovative, collaborative and practical learning experiences and resources needed to build creative, inclusive and engaging educational environments and experiences.
We started Participate as an online learning platform that awarded digital badges for educator achievements. This was one step in the right direction, but there was a vital piece missing on our platform—a social aspect to encourage community-based learning. We recognized early on that bringing educators together in one space had the potential to create meaningful impact: a force multiplier for educator development.
That’s where Communities of Practice (CoPs) were born. We’re not here to tell you we created the idea of CoPs—we’ll leave that to Wenger-Trayner—but we can tell you we saw potential in CoPs to empower educators. We shifted our platform to become a network of social learning communities. These communities, each focused on a particular domain and around a shared practice, give educators the opportunity to follow personalized pathways of growth and participate in meaningful, blended learning.
We’re driven to create bold solutions that drive impact because we’ve been in your shoes. Our team is made up of former teachers, administrators, organizational leaders and higher education specialists who understand the pain points in educator development and use past experiences to build a more sustainable (and fun) way to learn.
But we don’t limit ourselves to our existing knowledge. We believe learning is continual and iterative. What keeps us motivated to learn? Put simply: you. We won’t stop until all educators have access to the innovative, collaborative and practical learning experiences and resources they need to build creative, inclusive and engaging educational environments and experiences. We’re just getting started.
When we create learning experiences for educators, we aim to be bold. Bold in the way we design interactions, opportunities for collaboration and learning beyond a computer screen. Because when we create experiences that redefine learning, we create experiences with more meaning.
Let's face it, failure isn't fun. But we wouldn't be where we are today if we didn't grow from our successes and failures. To grow, we must communicate what's working and what isn't. Our teams regularly provide feedback to one another and explore new ways to serve our partners. Our customer success team shares product feedback with our development team, who iterates features and provides an improved user experience.
We aim to lift everyone in our organization to their highest potential. This means we seek out opportunities to empower our team and show each individual how much they matter. Being kind expands far beyond our employees, though. We want every partner to feel as though they're part of the Participate family. We seek out partners who embody this value and have kind and sustainable business practices so that the world we live in is a little kinder too.
Our goal as an organization is to provide meaningful learning experiences to educators. Everything we do is aligned to assuring that educators have access to the quality learning they deserve. Working together for the greater good means going above and beyond to redefine professional learning.