MacEwan Consulting was founded to support student learning regardless of where it occurs, and to ensure that all youth have access to high quality educational opportunities. Formal and informal educators each have a substantial and critical role in creating an environment that supports authentic learning. Our primary role is to support providers in developing meaningful relationships and intentional activities that engage youth and help them form critical connections to what they are learning.
Collaborative relationships between all the stakeholders in the lives of youth are crucial to supporting their learning and social development. Youth spend more time outside of traditional school day hours than they do in a classroom. We help youth serving organizations, community members and families work to support school day learning in out-of-school times. These supplemental academic enrichment opportunities do not duplicate the content or style of school day learning, but work to enhance that what was learned by allowing time for more meaningful connections and deeper exploration of the content.
MacEwan Consulting works with children in all age groups from elementary, middle and high school, as well as college students and out of school youth. We currently work with programs in urban, suburban and rural communities across New Jersey and the United States.
Mike is an educator, first and foremost. He works with students from elementary school through college, including those presently out of the formal school system. He uses STEM/STEAM based learning to help educators provide relevant experiences and learning contexts that are relatable to students' daily lives. The result is that education is more accessible and enjoyable. Mike is a certified trainer or Master trainer in a number of STEM/STEAM curricula, including: SciGirls, Crazy8s, CAL SAC, Design It, Explore it, LEAP into Science and InventionX.
Mike is a former wildlife biologist and science teacher who has worked to educate youth for almost 20 years. He's held positions in higher education and not-for-profit organizations, serving in leadership, supervisory and advisory roles. He also served on the board of a regional school district. Recognizing the strengths and challenges facing both school day and informal educators, Mike offers prescriptive strategies for change that build upon the assets of the staff and existing resources. He assists educators to increase the quality and number of academic enrichment opportunities available to youth, without regard to socio-economic status, ability or gender.
Mike has extensive experience leading federally funded programs including 21st Century Community Learning Centers and TRIO programs (GEAR UP). He previously worked for NJSACC, which is New Jersey’s Mott-funded Afterschool Network. There, he provided technical assistance and professional development to the NJ Department of Education and its fifty-two 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs. These are the programs that serve many of New Jersey’s highest need communities.
Mike MacEwan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Stockton College and a Master of Science in Management in Organizational Leadership from Thomas Edison State College.