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Cohort 3 Application - SEC FAQ

The Scratch Education Collaborative (SEC) is a two-year experience anchored in creative learning, equity, and community. Together, we will work to build a global network of equity-centered organizations focused on supporting learners from historically marginalized communities in developing their confidence with creative learning and further our collective exploration of equitable creative coding practices.

As a member of the SEC, your organization will have opportunities to learn from and collaborate with other member organizations, as well as representatives of the Scratch Foundation, The MIT Media Lab, and other global leaders in creative coding.

Participation in the SEC begins by completing an application to share more about your organization's work. The application will close February 28, 2023.

What types of organizations should apply to be SEC Participants?
Non-governmental/nonprofit organizations, public schools, school districts, nonprofit universities and colleges, and other government entities are all welcome to apply. For-profit institutions are not eligible to participate. 

Social enterprise organizations can apply, but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine their alignment with the SEC vision and availability to provide free programming or our focus communities. 
U.S and International organizations can apply.

Organizations must align with the SEC Vision, be currently using Scratch and/or ScratchJr, and have the capacity to support the implementation of equitable creative coding activities in programming that engages marginalized and historically underrepresented communities. 

What is the primary language used in SEC events and communication?

English is the primary language used for SEC events and communications. However, interpretation services are available upon request.

How many members of each organization will be required to participate? 
1-2 representatives per organization is required. Being an SEC Participant organization requires a commitment from, at a minimum, one representative, as well as the Executive Director/CEO/or other administrator at the highest level of organizational leadership. 

When does the SEC Cohort Experience begin and end?
The Cohort 3 learning experience begins July of 2023 and ends June 2025. 
What is the time commitment for participation in the SEC?
Representatives of participating organizations can expect to spend 4-5 hours per month engaging in SEC-related activities, including synchronous workshops and chats.
How will time be spent participating in the SEC?
Engagement may include: 
Participating in monthly SEC workshops, chats, and/or forums
Meeting with an assigned SEC Liaison for check-ins 
Collaborating with other SEC Participant Organizations
Developing equitable creative coding resources
Will the program be entirely virtual?
All SEC synchronous events will be hosted virtually.
What is the cost for participating in the SEC?
There is no cost to organizations for participation in the SEC.
When will organizations be informed of selection decisions?
Final decisions will be made by May 31, 2022.

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