FAQ

The Scratch Education Collaborative (SEC) is a two-year experience, anchored in creative learning, equity, and community. We will work together 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 furthering our collective exploration of equitable creative coding practices.

As a member of the SEC, your organization will have opportunities to learn from other member organizations, and collaborate with members of the Scratch Foundation, The MIT Media Lab, and other global leaders in creative coding. Below you will find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying to the SEC. The application will close February 15, 2022.

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.

Organizations must align with the SEC Vision.

Organizations should currently be using Scratch and have the capacity to support implementation of equitable creative coding resources in their programming and with their target communities.

Who is not eligible for the SEC?
For Profit institutions are not eligible to participate.

Will international applicants be accepted?
The SEC supports a global community. We encourage organizations from around the world to apply.

What is the primary language used in SEC events and communication?
SEC workshops and events will be facilitated in English. However, interpretation services are available upon request and will be arranged by the SEC team.  

How many members of each organization will be required to participate? 
1-2. Representatives of participating organizations are responsible for attending SEC events and communicating with Scratch Team members, as well as other SEC Participant and Partner organizations. 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 program begin and end?
The SEC is a two-year cohort experience. The Cohort 2 learning experience begins May of 2022 and ends June 2023. 

When will organizations be informed of selection decisions?
Participant organizations will be notified by April 30, 2022.

What is the time commitment for  participating in the SEC, and how will that time be spent?
Representatives of participating organizations can expect to spend 4-5 hours a month engaging in SEC-related activities.

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 workshops and sessions for the 2022-2023 cohort will be hosted virtually. 

If not selected will there be future SEC cohorts? 
Yes! Join our mailing list to receive updates about the SEC. 
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