Who We Are
The Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN) is an association of PlexLearning Research-to-Practice-Partnerships (RPP) for long-term community engagements that bridge workforce quality-of-life development gaps between formal education, Informal Learning, and meaningful vocations.
We are Research-to-Practice-Partnerships of private, academic, and government sectors with small autonomous Shared Interest Community (SIC) groups. We manage EDSN neighborhood centers with deeply collaborative dialogues in trusted spaces for PlexLearning Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) literacy programs towards workforce quality-of-life development. Our programs provide STEM literacy for learning to satisfy societal, economic, and personal needs that include skills for jumpstarting and shepherding projects to sustainability, in ways that reduce economic entrapment and chronic helplessness.
We are enablers of access to privileges technology literacy offer. Our neighborhood centers provide access to technology labs and specialize in open-source PlexLearning development. Our peer reviewed, and high quality, applications promote a culture of enterprising education that advances local, long-term economic interests and promote living fulfilling lives in neighborhood communities. EDSN’s neighborhood program centers enable people at different stages of life, career, and vocation to stay relevant and productively engaged with their local communities.
We are PlexLearning career gateways and academic bridge programs. From the individual learner’s view, PlexLearning is a systemic framework that converge K-12 and Higher Education. The framework employs an education methodology for using learning objects and Data Science to marshal Data Science and Intelligent Technologies (IT) as authorized actors in the creation, conveyance, and use of knowledge with learners as their principals. PlexLearning component methods, delivery systems, analytics processes and tools are collectively called PlexLearning education.
We are managers of workforce collaboratives and local neighborhood entrepreneurial philanthropy. Our trusted program spaces and RPPs allow small neighborhood SIC groups to coalesce around important development issues, (reinvestment, continuous improvement, staying relevant, cost sharing, and long-term economic opportunities) not available if group members were working separately. Benefits from these centers include access to: marketing; purchasing; research; social agency; proximal learning; counter-party oversight and other professional resources. Group benefits also include development of effective governance and local leadership for, among other functions, managing collective protection against what neighborhood SIC groups view as predatory agency, economic entrapment, and hostile prejudices.