In partnership with World Class Schools’ Research Triangle Educators’ Design Network (EDeN) Fellowship, TrueSchool led a Studio with 7 EDeN Fellows in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
The EDeN looks for “entrepreneurial educators to analyze existing school models from across the country that personalize learning through innovative teaching roles and strategic uses of time and technology. They will draw lessons from these models and work together with World Class Schools to design the actual instructional model for a new charter school to be proposed to open in Fall 2015.”
TrueSchool created and facilitated programming that included asset mapping, setting team culture and vision, user-centered design to encourage empathetic mindset, and a design-thinking challenge incorporating a real student case study.
Fellow Emily Parrish (secondary math teacher, North Carolina Virtual Public School Teacher of the Year, and Finalist for Online Teacher of the Year) said: “design thinking really pushed me – would push others as well – great for learning dynamics of groups.”
Fellow Rose-Marie Shigas (secondary social studies teacher and curriculum designer) said “I’m excited about the possibilities for students to play stronger role in their instructional design. Considering a school model from the ground up is inspiring.”
A new North Carolina nonprofit, World Class Schools is “dedicated to empowering educators to design and implement school models that leverage excellent teaching and high-quality digital learning to dramatically improve student learning experiences and close achievement gaps.”