University of Chicago Consortium on School Research
DESIGN RESEARCH + SYSTEM STRATEGY + TOOL DESIGN
HOW MIGHT WE DESIGN A SYSTEM THAT HELPS PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS reflect on their progress and SHARE their LEARNING?
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research is an academic research-based group that explores ways to improve the school experience for public schools and build the capacity for student success. We worked with leaders from the Consortium to conduct design research with teachers in Chicago Public Schools, and turned findings into recommendations that help teachers reflect and share their own learnings with each other.
Our work consisted of understanding the realities that new and more seasoned teachers face by conducting qualitative ethnographic studies of their teaching experience and finding gaps for opportunities to develop a community of support among teachers. What we found was that teachers are hungry to learn but feel overwhelmed. They want bite-sized, just in time teaching tips from a trusted source. And, they need a system for their own reflection that can lead to better co-teaching partnerships and self-awareness.
We saw an opportunity to build pathways for communication between teachers where community and career support could take place in a way that was not only personalized to the teachers, but also a fun and easy engagement.
Among our recommendations were a matchmaking, reflection tool for teachers and a shared communication channel, led by the Consortium, where teachers can share and gain learning that will help make them better teachers into the future.