University of Chicago Consortium on School Research
DESIGN RESEARCH + SYSTEM STRATEGY + TOOL DESIGN
DESIGNING A REFLECTION TOOL THAT EMPOWERS PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS TO LEARN FROM EACH OTHER OUTSIDE OF PERFORMANCE METRICS
The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research is an academic research-based group that explores ways to improve the public school experience and build capacity for student success. The Consortium came to us to explore using human-centered design as a way to bridge their traditional academic research with actionability within Chicago Public Schools.
Design research in public schools.
Digital matchmaking and reflection tool strategy for teachers.
Communication channel strategy for teachers.
Testing of concepts 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. The Consortium is prototyping and testing this new strategy and tool among grantmakers and prospective school district partners across the county.