Tackling Teach for America's BigIdea is an online collaboration network for K-12 teachers. Teachers can connect and build a professional learning network (PLN) on CourseKicker to share best practices and ideas. And teachers can save time using CourseKicker's lesson discovery engine to quickly find and share great lessons recommended by their peers.

Research shows that teacher collaboration improves student achievement. The lack of an effective online collaboration platform has been a major unmet K-12 need...until now. CourseKicker provides a free online social network for teachers to connect and share on a broad scale.

As part of the BigApps Challenge, CourseKicker has created a differentiated professional learning community, where teachers can pose "challenges" and generate solutions from their peers. A "challenge" begins a collaboration to solve problems, improve teaching techniques, or enhance lesson plans.

Also as part of the BigApps Challenge, we have tapped into a number of education databases, including NYC Department of Education and US National Center for Education Statistics data sets, to help teachers connect and build their collaboration networks.  The app uses school and demographic data to recommend other users to follow and connect with, based on similarity of grade, subjects taught, and school and community characteristics. Connecting teachers with similar interests and teaching environments will make building a useful network easier and more rewarding.

CourseKicker also provides a platform for sharing and collaborating around lesson plans and other lesson content. Our lesson discovery and recommendation engine harnesses a teacher "peer sourcing" model, to help teachers find and recommend the best lesson material for a wide variety of topics.

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Meet The Team

Paul Henderson

Co Founder of CourseKicker

Paul has over 25 years of business experience as an investment banker in NYC. Paul founded CourseKicker in 2013 because he believes that education is the number one priority for any community, and that teachers are central to great education experiences.

Christopher Sipe

Co Founder of CourseKicker and High School Science Teacher

Chris has over 17 years of public school classroom experience from Brooklyn to the 'burbs, and has been active in developing school- and district-wide curriculum. He teaches science at Scarsdale High School. He founded CourseKicker because he is driven to create educational tools that help teachers offer a unique, high quality learning experience for each child.

Tucker Harding

Senior Education Techologist, Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning

Tucker manages the creation, use, and evaluation of computer-based educational simulations for improving teaching and learning of complex phenomena at the CCNMTL at Columbia University. His work can be found at Columbia's School of Public Health and the School of International and Public Affairs, where he also co-teaches the course, Prevention of Mass Killing and Genocide. He also manages educational technology projects for the Columbia Business School, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Barnard College. Tucker is also a doctoral candidate in communication and education at Columbia.

Landon Marder

Full Stack Developer

Landon brings to the team experience as both a technologist and a classroom teacher. He is currently a freelance full stack developer in NYC. From 2011-2013 he taught middle school math as a Teach for America Corps Member in Colorado Springs, CO. Landon graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

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