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CLX's Debut Celebration Brings Together Chicago's Learning Community

On Monday, October 29, 2018, more than 250 of our friends and supporters gathered at Google to celebrate the launch of our new non-profit, the Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX), an educational start-up with a 9-year track record of advancing equity in digital learning. CLX serves as a hub for digital learning by cultivating a community for professional learning, supporting the adoption of digital badges, and investing in expanding in youth development programs that utilize technology.

We were inspired by the enthusiasm of partners new and old.

Photography by Vashon Jordan, Jr. Please visit the CLX Flickr page to view more photos from the CLX Debut Celebration.

It was an inspiring event with contributions from across our growing community, including:

  • A program showcase featuring the work of several youth-serving organizations;
  • Remarks from CLX Board Chair, Daniel Ash, from MacArthur Foundation President, Julia Stasch, and from CLX Executive Director, Maria Hibbs;
  • An announcement of an exciting new initiative, Remake Learning Days, coming to Chicago May 16-19, 2019;
  • The release of a ground-breaking study, Engaging Youth in a Connected World, a survey of digital media tools and technologies in Chicago’s out-of-school time programs.

If you missed the event or are trying to remember something you read, check out the presentation slides.

We also used the live polling tool,, to ask attendees to share their reflections via these three questions:

  1. What inspires you about our shared work?
  2. What guidance do you have for CLX?
  3. In a word, what will you contribute?

We were energized by what we heard.

CLX Debut Celebration Attendee Poll Responses 10-30-18 by Chicago Learning Exchange on Scribd

Thank you to Google for hosting this launch event, and to CLX’s major supporters, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, and the Mozilla Foundation.

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