Archive for April, 2009

Hugh Jackman to Give 100K on Twitter

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Hugh Jackman is planning to give 100,000 to charity on Twitter. (You can read more here: Essentially Jackman will give 100K to the tweet/charity that is most convincing. We think Summer Workation is a great candidate.

  1. We are just starting up, thus every dollar makes a HUGE difference!
  2. Though teachers play a critical role in our society they are under served. Summer Workation is a service that supports teachers and allows them to be the best that they can be.
  3. There is no other organization like us out there!
  4. Your contribution to us will not only help teachers find summer opportunities, it will also help students by providing them with more skilled/refreshed teachers. You can learn more about our social impact in the Why we need Summer Workation section of this site!
  5. We guarantee every last cent will go to helping teachers (and will provide you with detailed financials).

Everyone out there, take a second to Tweet @RealHughJackman (get creative). Hugh if you’re reading this, you can learn more about us here and thank you for taking the time to look at us!

Trends in Education Favor Summer Workation

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Summer Workation has started to think that Summer Workation is not only a good idea, but it is also a timely one. Recent macroeducational trends in policy/research suggest that the education world will be very receptive to Summer Workation.

I want to share an example with you that demonstrates this changing climate.

The Gates Foundation has recently made a pretty sharp shift in their education funding strategy. Previously the Gates Foundation focused on developing strong small school models, however recently the Foundation has discovered that these investments have achieved mixed results (read more ). The Gates Foundation has now turned to focus on developing effective teachers.

The primary reason for this change is because the foundation has realized that: teachers are pivotal to student success, teacher quality is extremely variable and there is little centralized energy placed in cultivating effective teachers. This argument is almost identical to the case for Summer Workation! You can check out a speech by Bill Gates himself at the annual TED conference that talks more about this shift:


(The whole speech is interesting, but the relevant part starts at the 8 minute mark).

As one of the largest funders of education in the US, the Gates Foundation really drives what is happening in education innovation. As the Gates Foundations puts the spotlight on effective teaching, we feel Summer Workation is well placed to make an impact!

Teacher in Classroom