Francis W. Parker School

DESIGN RESEARCH + PROGRAM DESIGN

 

CREATING THE MOST INNOVATIVE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL IN CHICAGO

CHALLENGE
The Director of Innovation at Francis W. Parker School asked us to develop a strategic plan for how technology, innovation, design, entrepreneurship, and social impact would manifest itself both at Parker and across the country by focusing many school-led initiatives while driving revenue.

OUTCOME
Design research with administrators, board members, parents and students.
Strategic plan recommendations.
Program definition workshops.
Strategy for school librarians that empowers them to be external ambassadors.
A program design recommendation to build a center for innovation at Parker.

IMPACT WE SEE
Since our work together, Parker has launched a new $5 million library project that integrates adaptable, project-based curriculum with technology and supports the librarian’s mission to be ambassadors for the school like never before.

 

From our client partner

"Borough + Block was able to help us develop a plan that not only helped us demonstrate our value to the outside community, but also helped us better understand the essence of who we are.

The work we did involved creating a book, essential messaging, and strategies for connecting with the wide variety of stakeholders both inside and outside the school community. The multifaceted process, in which they worked with our teachers to develop a core message around our work helped our group develop a cohesive identity that we could share with our community. As a new 'startup within a school,' they helped us take important steps towards developing our identity within a larger organization.

I highly recommend connecting with Borough + Block, as they will provide both an excellent service and valuable insights about the work you do. Maybe even some that you didn't see yourselves."

 

Martin Moran
Director of Educational Design and Innovation
Francis W. Parker School