Theory of Change

Learn Jelly’s theory of change holds that communities will become safer, healthier, and stronger as the amount of cognitive human capital within them increases. As a result, we believe every incremental increase in cognitive human capital will net a positive impact on the communities level of innovation, production, institutional efficiency, behavior, and overall well-being. To accomplish this, the people living and working inside of them must receive a high-quality education, which is defined as activities that are designed to provoke and enhance the development of critical thinking, knowledge and understanding, personality, attitudes, and special skills. To maximize the impact of these activities on cognitive results, students must engage in this type of activity from early childhood on, learn in structures that objectively and constantly measure achievement and discipline, and encounter higher teacher quality and more problem-solving instruction.

As a result of our theory of change, we have developed an instructional practice that combines storytelling, art, and coding into a project-based structure that’s designed to help elementary educators measure and improve students’ reading, thinking, and learning skills. We understand what’s at stake, communities that thrive because the people who live in them are more innovative, productive, engaged, and have better overall well-being. This is why we are dedicated to making our professional development, student workshops, and online courses accessible to educators so that every child has access to the tools that will help them maximize their cognitive ability.

Enablers Of Our Work

Storytelling > Deep Learning

Stories give us the capability to teach academic concepts in a manner that allows students to feel and see the information, as well as factually understand it. As a result, concepts are deeply learned and more likely to be imprinted on the brain in such a way that it sticks with the individual longer, with very little effort exerted on their part (Neuhauser, 1993, p.4).

Art > Concept Visualizing

Art helps us improve comprehension of written content based on academic concepts through visualization. Visualization refers to our ability to create mental pictures that are based on text we read or words we hear. It is one of many skills that makes reading comprehension possible.

Coding > Problem-Solving & Critical Thinking

Coding helps students learn important conceptualization, application, analysis, and evaluation skills. Additionally, the activity encourages and supports creative expression and problem solving. As Seymour Papert said more than 30 years ago, coding is about giving kids the opportunity to engage with powerful ideas.

Project-based Learning (PBL) > Active Exploration

PBL is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which helps students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a concept by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. It is a style of active learning and inquiry-based learning.

Key Metrics

  • Academic proficiency scores in served populations.

  • High School graduation rates of previously served populations.

  • Cognitive ability pre and post program testing.

Supporting Research