The Power of Taking Student Work Seriously - A Washington D.C. Elementary School’s Story

The Power of Taking Student Work Seriously - A Washington D.C. Elementary School’s Story

For the past two years, we have been working with Cleveland Elementary School in Washington D.C. to provide personalized professional development in student agency, school culture, and using data. In a future blog, I’m going to share a detailed overview of what this support looked like in action. Today’s post is about a powerful student exhibition at Cleveland, and how the experience of professional learning was the stepping stone.

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Listening Can Change Everything: Empathy Interviews - Part One

When we talk about using human-centered design to reimagine school, we can’t afford to make assumptions from the outside. That’s how too many non-learner-centered solutions were designed in the first place. Instead we have to use the words, thoughts, and ideas of those participating in school as the driver of the design. But how do you actually go about doing that?

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Why Design Thinking Can Change Policy

Why Design Thinking Can Change Policy

Do you remember the animated “I’m Just a Bill” video? If you were like me, you probably watched it in school at some point. You likely sat in an uncomfortable, wobbly plastic chair, arranged in traditional rows, while your teacher stood at the front and drew arrows between the three executive branches on a whiteboard that you dutifully copied over into a notebook using color-coded pens. (Okay, maybe that last part was just me.) Since Schoolhouse Rock first released the video - back in 1975 - not much has changed about our legislative process. And yet, so much of the world around us has. The Internet, for one. Innovative technologies, medical advances, and countless ideas that have shaped and molded the world as we know it today.

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Innovating Despite Success

Innovating Despite Success

Innovation is never easy. But it can be particularly hard when the experience you have created is resulting in highly successful outcomes and satisfied users. It takes a special kind of innovator to ask the right questions that unpack whether the experience is truly the best that it can be today. Even harder still is the ability to look around the corner to understand how that experience may or may not meet the needs of an uncertain tomorrow.

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Designing New Models of Individualized Learning with the Bush Foundation

Designing New Models of Individualized Learning with the Bush Foundation

Minnesota in July is especially lovely. While 2Rev was there earlier this summer to work with a large cohort of educators in our partnership with the Bush Foundation, we soaked in the explosions of color and shapes in the Hamline University flowerbeds, where our design institute was hosted. The diversity, energy, and beauty we found outside was mirrored inside, amid the teams of educators working to design individualized models of school in Bush’s new School Design for Individualized Learning initiative.

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