Education Partners

Common Sense works with uncommonly committed and generous partners to provide digital literacy and citizenship resources for educators, parents, and students around the world.

Apple retail stores offer Apple Camp, summer workshops for kids to gain skills in digital creation using Apple tools. Common Sense and Apple co-developed informative educational workshops for parents whose kids were attending Apple Camp in summer 2010.

AUSSIE provides customized professional development to more than 2000 schools throughout the country. AUSSIE supports the integration of Common Sense’s Digital Citizenship Curriculum in select middle schools in New York City.

Cable in the Classroom (CIC) promotes the visionary, sensible, responsible, and effective use of cable’s broadband technology, services, and content in teaching and learning. As long-time partners, CIC and Common Sense advocate for digital citizenship in the nation’s schools, conduct joint polls, and present together at conferences.

The California School Library Association (CSLA) advocates, educates, and collaborates to ensure that all California students and educators are effective users of ideas and information. Common Sense and the CSLA are working together to raise awareness about the importance of digital citizenship as an essential component of research and information literacy throughout California.

The California State PTA (CAPTA) is a branch of the National PTA, a volunteer education organization. Common Sense has worked with CAPTA for many years to provide parents throughout California with information and resources on how to help their children be media-savvy and good digital citizens.

Character Education Partnership (CEP) provides the tools, methods, and strategies to empower teachers, parents and community members to help schools achieve the important goals of character development. CEP and Common Sense work together to highlight the ways character education and digital citizenship education overlap.

Computer Using Educators (CUE) provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. Common Sense works with CUE to help educators understand the importance of digital citizenship as they use technology in the classroom.

Computers For Youth (CFY) brings learning into the home by providing families free computers loaded with educational software, as well as trainings so that parents and young people know how to take full advantage of the technology. Common Sense collaborates with CFY to offer content on Internet safety and digital citizenship for family trainings and for their parent portal.

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the premier professional association for school district technology leaders, provides the leadership, community, and advocacy tools essential for success. Together, Common Sense and CoSN have promoted the importance of digital citizenship to these leaders and have advocated for its integration in our nation's schools.

CyberSmart! is a nonprofit organization that created the CyberSmart K-12 student curriculum and online workshops to provide students and teachers with hands-on experience in 21st-century skills. In 2010, Common Sense Media acquired the CyberSmart K-12 student curriculum and has been updating the lesson plans, adding video, interactive components, and a rich complement of parent resources to create an integrated K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum. CyberSmart! continues as an independent organization focused on professional development and digital literacy programs in Africa.

The Digital Youth Network (DYN) is a hybrid digital literacy program that creates both in-school and out-of-school programs to develop youths’ new media literacies and create meaningful opportunities for young people to use these skills. DYN is incorporating Common Sense’s digital citizenship materials into parent and youth programs in Chicago.

Disney is the largest media and entertainment company in the world. Common Sense and Disney have collaborated to launch a television public service announcement and quiz for kids with the characters from Disney's popular TV show, Phineas and Ferb.

ePals, Inc. is a privately held company that offers schools, teachers, and students a safe and secure platform to build educational communities that provide quality digital content and facilitated collaboration for effective 21st century learning. Common Sense's content has been incorporated into the ePals Learning Pages platform to reach the ePals network of more than 700,000 educators and 25 million students worldwide.

Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost is a leading education law firm that represents nearly 400 of California's educational institutions and related agencies.. The firm's eMatters practice group provides counsel and legal services across all areas of educational operation to districts and education associations throughout California. Common Sense and F3 are working together to raise awareness about the importance of digital citizenship, encourage schools to educate students, families, and faculty about what it means to be a good digital citizen, and assist districts in developing appropriate policies.

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center's mission is to advance children’s learning through digital media. Common Sense Media’s partnership with the Cooney Center has included conducting joint research on parent and teacher attitudes toward digital media and learning (Growing UP Digital: Adults Rate the Educational Potential of New Media and 21st Century Skills, 2008) and presenting forums that bring diverse stakeholders together to discuss the opportunities and barriers to harnessing the potential of digital media for learning (Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age forum at Google, 2009).

Global Kids is a New York-based non-profit dedicated to global learning and youth development. With Common Sense and Harvard's GoodPlay Project, Global Kids designed and hosted a series of online dialogues on digital ethics between teens and adults.

The GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero conducts research on how young people behave as they navigate online spaces. GoodPlay has collaborated closely with Common Sense on many initiatives, including convening online dialogues on digital ethics between teens and adults and co-developing a high school Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum.

Google connects millions of people around the world with information every day through their search engine, targeted advertisements, and technological innovations. Common Sense and Google created a short Internet safety video for parents -- "A Common Sense Approach to Internet Safety" -- and we are currently collaborating on an interactive game for middle school students that will teach the basics of using digital technologies responsibly.

The Harlem Children's Zone is a community-based organization that offers education, social-service, and community-building programs to children and families living in a 100-block area of Harlem, New York. Harlem Children's Zone's A Cut Above after-school program is implementing Common Sense's Digital Citizenship Curriculum.

Keenan & Associates provides a complete range of innovative Property & Liability, Workers' Compensation, Risk Management, Employee Benefit and Financial Services solutions to California public schools and public agencies through unique, proprietary programs. Keenan's corporate office is located in Torrance, with field offices throughout California. Founded in 1972, Keenan & Associates is globally ranked as the 19th largest insurance brokerage firm, and the largest independent broker in California. Common Sense and Keenan are working together to bring to schools resources that facilitate the education of students, parents, school administrators and teachers in all areas of digital citizenship. These resources assist schools in developing policies and programs that improve school safety and assist with E-Rate support.

The LAMP is a non-profit organization creating a grassroots movement to reform and improve media. Common Sense and The Lamp are collaborating to share our respective materials with families and educators.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation/Chicago (LISC) is a community development organization that houses the Smart Communities program, which works to ensure digital access for children and families, businesses, agencies, and other institutions in five Chicago neighborhoods. Common Sense and LISC are collaborating to infuse digital citizenship into the five communities and beyond by taking a whole community approach, reaching parents, young people, and educators through partnerships with local community organizations, the Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, the Digital Youth Network and many others.

Media Awareness Network is a Canadian non-profit that offering a library of media and digital literacy resources to educators and parents. Media Awareness Network designed content for Common Sense's Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum.

The Media Education Lab at Temple University works to improve media literacy education through scholarship and community service. The lab has assisted in developing educational content for Common Sense’s Parent Media Education Program and middle school Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum.

MOUSE is an innovative youth development organization that empowers underserved students by providing technology support and leadership in their schools, thereby supporting their academic and career success. Common Sense and MOUSE collaborate to ensure that students in select schools understand basic digital citizenship skills.

MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand with a global reach of more than a half-billion households. MTV’s A Thin Line Campaign empowers America’s youth to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in their lives and among their peers. Common Sense's partnership with MTV’s A Thin Line Campaign has included partnering on a Digital Citizenship Campaign, cross-promoting educational program and materials, and presenting Town Halls in which a panel of youth, parents, and educators engaged in dialogue with MTV news correspondent Sway Calloway about rights and responsibilities in a digital age.

The National Writing Project (NWP) promotes knowledge, expertise, and leadership for the nation's educators to improve writing and learning for all. NWP members have served as content advisers for the middle and high school digital citizenship program. 

Nearpod is an award-winning education technology company focused on developing synchronized digital learning and interactive content across mobile devices that provides teachers an easy and effective way to leverage technology in the classroom. Nearpod was developed by a team of experienced entrepreneurs passionate about mobile technology and its implications across education.

Nickelodeon, a cable television network, has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in all its programming. Nickelodeon’s The Big Help, a long-term effort to connect kids to issues and information important in their lives is partnering with Common Sense on a multiplatform, interactive digital citizenship campaign designed to provide kids with tools to help them practice safe and responsible online and mobile behavior.

No Bully  is a non-partisan non-profit with a mission to bring innovative, long-term solutions to school bullying nationwide. No Bully partners with schools to implement a bullying response system that resolves incidents of student bullying in the vast majority of cases. Common Sense and No Bully are working together to raise awareness about cyberbullying and ensure that schools have the resources they need to guide students in behaving responsibly and ethically online.

Parents Place, The Peninsula supports families and children by offering consultation, counseling, and parent education about everything to do with raising children--from infancy to young adulthood--including comprehensive services for teenagers and children with special needs. Common Sense and Parents Place are working together to offer parent workshops and to provide families with resources on children's digital lives.

PBS is a nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 360 public television stations, serving more than 124 million people on air and online each month. PBS KIDS GO! offers early elementary children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through online and community-based programs. Common Sense and PBS have partnered on a Digital Citizenship Initiative to help kids and parents navigate today’s digital landscape. Our joint work has included cross-promotion of content and programs (Webonauts Academy and Common Sense's K-8 Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum) and distribution of advice and materials for children, parents, and educators. For more information, read the press release about PBS and Common Sense Media.

Quest2Learn is a school for digital kids in New York City that uses the underlying principles of game design to create highly immersive, quest-based learning experiences. Initially funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the Quest2Learn model is now being replicated in schools across the country. Common Sense’s partnership with Quest2Learn involves projects to incorporate our Digital Literacy and Citizenship materials in the Quest2Learn curriculum.

Savvy Cyber Kids provides students, parents and educators the information they need to keep up with the speed of innovation and provides tools, in sync with Common Sense’s recommendations, to empower children to make smart decisions when using technology.

Teaching Channel (Tch) is a nonprofit organization that engages teachers across the country to reinvent and revolutionize professional learning through video content and online innovation. Tch and Common Sense Media have co-developed a series of professional development videos on how teaching digital literacy and citizenship can integrate into Common Core State Standards integrations. View them on our professional development page.

Teach For America (TFA) provides a critical source of well-trained teachers who are helping break the cycle of educational inequity in schools in 39 urban and rural regions across the United States. TFA has highlighted Common Sense's curriculum on its Resource Exchange, reaching more than 28,000 members and alumni.

Teaching Matters, Inc (TMI) is a non-profit organization that partners with educators and schools to target common challenges to student success with educational innovations that use technology. TMI supports Common Sense in New York by ensuring that educators and schools understand the importance of digital citizenship.

Thinkfinity is the Verizon Foundation's education and literacy initiative, offering online educational content from trusted partners. Thinkfinity has launched several Common Sense lesson plans and videos for teachers.