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

CHALLENGE
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.

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OUTCOME
Design research in public schools.
Digital matchmaking and reflection tool strategy for teachers.
Communication channel strategy for teachers.
Testing of concepts among teachers.

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IMPACT
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.

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