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Customer Quotes

“Great products...one of the best curriculum's out there, great help for teaching our video class" -Christine R., Principal, Trinity Lutheran School, Kalispell, MT

"Screenwriting was awesome, our kids really loved these activities. It was also really nice to provide such a creative curriculum that addresses the standards in such a fun way." - Heather S., Director, After School, City of Fairfield, CA

“Having taught at the high school and college level, I was impressed with this curriculum. The materials and guidance were well put together and very thoughtful." - Michael L., Artist, Shea After School, Syracuse, NY

“This amazing program has enabled my students to comprehend the process of forensic science as well as the sophisticated vocabulary encompassed in the program's lessons.” - Erica T., Freehold Public Schools, Freehold, NJ

“This is a well organized course that I would highly recommend to other programs.” - Chad S., Teacher, School #18, Buffalo, NY

“The program is awesome! I’m doing it as part of an after school enrichment time. Our kids really enjoy the projects and it’s wonderful to use as everything is provided.” - Karen S.,Teacher, Olympic Middle School, WA

“This is the perfect kind of activity for afterschool. It’s fun; students learn by getting involved. Everybody wants to be a part of it!” - Kim L., Program Leader, Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, Buffalo NY

“They love it…it’s awesome. Kids are dying to get in it!” - Audrey A., Teacher, Clifford Marshall Elementary School, Quincy, MA

“The Missing Money Mystery was very easy to follow. The children had such a great time at it, we even allowed our group to re-enact the entire mystery. This mystery was fantastic, and we are looking forward to our next exercise!” - Jackie. J., Director/Detective, Hempstead P.A.L., Hempstead, NY

“The students were engaged and enjoyed the experiments. The story keeps the activities meaningful and provided an interested way to connect Florida Standards. The teacher’s manual was easy to follow and materials in the kits made it very convenient for set up. Overall, this is a great thing to do in afterschool and during the summer!” - Betty C., Teacher, Genesis Center, Leesburg FL

“Playing with Percussion offers an exciting doorway to exploring percussion, communication skills and learning about different cultures." - Sheila K., Site Leader, Accord Corp, Youth Services Division, Belfast NY

"Our kids enjoyed making their own instruments, especially sanding. Playing all those grooves at the end was a lot of fun!" - Nina P., Music teacher, Napa, CA

“The Cookie Jar Mystery was such a big hit at the middle school…which has been tough.”
-Charlie E., Teacher, Lexington County Schools, SC

"The Cookie Jar Mystery went really well, the kids talked about it for weeks.  They were very excited and intrigued with the hands-on activities and I really enjoyed teaching it!"
-Brook T.,Teacher, Lincoln Middle Schools, TN


Community Learning was formed with a simple idea of creating activities that excite kids about learning.

It was founded by lifelong learner Mike DeBritz, who after working in two ed-tech start-ups, decided it was time to create his own educational venture. Mike was assisted by his creative wife Stacy who is an artist, educator and trainer. After allocating space in their basement, they went to work.

Early on Mike was fortunate to meet science educator Anthony Bertino and together the three of them collaborated on Community Learning’s first product, “The Cookie Jar Mystery: A Study in Forensic Science.” Their growth quickly exceeded the space and today Community Learning serves customers in all fifty states and Canada. 

Community Learning's approach builds on the foundation of collaborative learning where students learn best from one another by working together to answer questions and solve problems. Each course is developed in consultation with subject area experts and includes age appropriate lessons integrated around a unique theme. Our experts are devoted to conducting topic research, developing meaningful lesson plans, testing activities and sourcing materials saving teachers valuable time.  

By offering in-depth topics students are given the opportunity to observe the connections between art, math, science, social studies, language arts, technology, and engineering. Our Course Kits result in enjoyable experiences because kids brainstorm, build, and create something by taking an active part in writing a movie script, investigating a classroom crime with forensic science, or defending a client in a mock trial!

This time-tested approach of learning-by-doing is guaranteed to spark an interest for young people, build confidence, enhance their skills, and ignite career possibilities—all while having fun!

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