Here are the challenges that each school is trying to work on using the design thinking process.
How might we collect and share information about students' learning in a more transparent fashion?
In this challenge, the school is looking at how teachers can capture and share student work and showcase student growth. Problem-solving this challenge will hopefully lead the school to design a way for students to improve their communication of their own growth. They are hoping their work will lead to assessment experiences that more completely and authentically represent the student.
How might we ensure that all students are mastering math facts?
This school found through teacher empathy data that they were concerned students struggled learning math facts. Pacing guides in math made it difficult for teachers to allocate enough time to teach math facts adequately. They are looking at designing a plan to help teachers structure sufficient time to teach math facts.
How might we reimagine family engagement to empower and build the capacity for our families to positively impact student achievement?
When this school looked at their program and collected empathy data, they discovered that family engagement was something they wanted to address. With more active involvement of parents in school, they are looking to see positive impact on student learning.
How might we make student eating on campus a more mindful experience?
Notice with this school, the issue or problem they wanted to solve for has more to do with students' social-emotional experience. The dining experience is an important part of a student's life in school so how can we design it so that it more "mindful." With this design team, they will need to gain empathy with students to understand how they interpret the word mindful. What changes might lead to the experience becoming more mindful?
A fifth school collected empathy data and met an "energetic, social, competitive child who is eager to learn more." They wonder if this means that despite our rigorous curriculum students find classwork is predictable and routine. So they think it would be game-changing if the pace and delivery of curriculum could be more responsive to a student’s learning strengths, curiosity, and mastery? They are looking at whether this challenge could be addressed by designing learning spaces or use of time so students have more voice and choice.
How might we design a way for students to identify and connect with the right resources so that they are more confident and can experience additional support in school when challenges arise?
In this school, they collected student empathy data that led them to think more effective support for students would improve their school experience. They will be working on prototypes that help students identify and connect with school resources in more effective ways.
How might we continue to cultivate interactions where people feel valued?
Building community is an important goal for this school. Empathy data suggests that if they can design ways for students and teachers to feel more valued, then the school will feel more like a community.
Hopefully, you can see that each of these schools has a different challenge.