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CSOL-Logo.png Chicago Summer of Learning Badges
Owner: City of Chicago, MacArthur, Mozilla, DYN Updated: 2013-06-7
Youth in Chicago learning all summer and getting recognition for that learning.

Chicago Summer of Learning Badges Program

Mozilla is advising the city of Chicago and Chicago-based organizations to design and implement badges to capture various forms of learning throughout the summer in order to make their Summer of Learning program awesome.

For the Chicago Summer of Learning, Mozilla is playing the following roles:

  • Advising on overall campaign design.
  • Supporting the organizations on badge design and implementation.
  • Building and hosting the badge-issuing platform.
  • Celebrating with the rest of Chicago this summer!

What is Chicago Summer of Learning?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced an ambitious initiative to ensure that youth across the city of Chicago will have access to high-quality learning opportunities over the summer. Beginning in the summer of 2013, private and public summer programs will provide educational experiences to youth across the city, recognize that learning and skill development through digital badges, and then connect youth to opportunities for jobs, internships and credit in the school year.

How will badges in the Summer of Learning work?

This summer, private and public organizations will offer learning programs for youth and issue badges to recognize the learning and skill development that occurs. Youth will earn badges as they participate and complete various programs and learning experiences. These organizational badges will accumulate to city-level badges that will unlock access to special projects and events for youth that span organizations and skill areas, providing exciting and inspiring pathways to continued learning and leveling up. Youth will also have an online profile to track their progress and get recommendations for additional learning options and badges to earn.

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Important Dates

February 5, 2013 - Kick off meeting

Many of the participating orgs gathered on Feb 5th to learn about badges and start planning badges for their summer programs.

Slides downloadable here: Worksheet: Downloadable here:

February 18, 2013 – Badge Submissions Due

Badge idea submissions due – please submit your ideas for 1-5 badges* for your program through the form here: Note: If you’d like to have more than 5 badges, let us know at and we’ll work with you on the best solution.

Badge submission form:

March 7th, 2013 – Program Meeting

Chicago Summer of Learning Organizations will partake in a CSOL Badge Make-up Workshop on March 7, 2013 from 9-11 am to plan for the issuing of badges. The workshop will take place at DePaul University - College of Computing and Digital Media on the 9th Floor, room 924.

March 14, 2013 – Program Meeting

1-5pm CT, Sheraton Towers Hotel, Chicago Please send 1-2 reps from your organization to this meeting to discuss the badges and opportunities for cross-organization connections and projects. Stick around after the meeting for the DML Conference Science Fair (6-8pm), where you’ll see examples of badge systems from other organizations like yours around the country!

Slides downloadable here:

General Roadmap


  • Badges definition and submission


  • Badges iteration and finalization, with support of Mozilla

MAY 2013

  • Testing and Prep


  • Issuing and Awarding in your summer programs


  • Reflections

Other Resources