The Co-Designing Schools Toolkit helps build the capacity of school communities to set and pursue equity aspirations, so that every student is future-ready, no matter who they are, where they live, or how they learn.VIEW THE TOOLS
The complex challenges facing schools require team effort, so this Toolkit is best suited for collaborative design. Work through each phase in order or choose a specific phase that best fits your teams’ needs.
1. Build a community of committed teammates
2. Align your team by defining your aspiration
3. Spend time with students to better understand their needs
4. Test your big ideas by starting small
5. Gather feedback from students and educators
6. Showcase your work to build enthusiasm and support
Our work helps boost school communities’ collective belief in their ability to create equitable change. For us, belief is an action. It’s through belief that we can change and truly achieve the aspirations of our students and schools.
Our experience working in schools has led us to a single conclusion: building collective belief is the best way to create lasting, equitable change in schools.
Our program is based on practices and frameworks that are intended to foster a supportive learning culture. They aren’t revolutionary, but have been refined through long-term collaboration with school communities across the United States.
I really like that educators are coming up with ideas and trying them out in their classes. It's not somebody telling us we have to do it this way; it’s educators saying, ‘We want to do it this way.’
Teacher in Vista, CA
Professional development is like, 'This is what you're learning. Do it and implement it in your class.' But this program seems like something we can actually be a part of designing. We can make decisions about what we're doing regarding professional development.
Teacher in Gwinnett, Georgia
Leadership trusted the changes we were making, teachers gave up individual responsibility of students and saw them all as our students.
Teacher in Perry, OH