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Dreaming Big, Starting Small: Making Meaningful Change Toward Equity & Resilience

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Location: Room 345
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Explore and create : Creation lab

Nate Kellogg  
Suzanne Newell  

Learn how to use an inclusive and rapid design process for making targeted improvement in your district. Participants will learn about the open Real-Time Redesign toolkit, explore examples from districts, and plan their own redesign process to make meaningful change toward more equitable and resilient teaching and learning.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS, Android, Windows
Topic: Equity and inclusion
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders to gather input on the plan, celebrate successes and engage in a continuous improvement cycle.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Practical objectives:
Participants will... Surface gnarly problems to be solved in their district/school that would lead to more equitable and resilient teaching and learning; Explore the Real-Time Redesign process that merges design thinking with equity and resiliency, along with examples of districts who have implemented it; Be prepared to create an action plan to inclusively problem solve around identified problems using an inclusive, targeted, rapid cycle design process.
Experiential objectives:
Participants will... Feel connected with and supported by other district and school leaders; Feel that they’re prepared to make progress towards designing more equitable and resilient teaching and learning; Feel excited and supported to use the Real-Time Redesign process in their context.


0-10: Open & Welcome - set purpose for session
10-20: Problem identification - collaboratively share problems of practice on a Jamboard, answering the questions: What does our data tell us? What has COVID revealed? What we have we tried and failed to solve again and again?
20-35: Explore the toolkit - independent choose-your-own-adventure time to learn about the Real-Time Redesign process, activities, and examples, with collaborative share-out
35-50: Action Planning - individually begin planning steps for redesign around 1 of the highlighted problems, using clear workbook and "amtrak cars" for personalized work styles (i.e., different workspaces for collaboration, questions, or silent work time)
50-60: Share & Close - give participants opportunity to share their problem and plan with the group; share follow-up opportunities

Supporting research

- Caroline Hill, Michelle Molitor, Christine Ortiz -
- The Curb-Cut Effect -
- Valuing Community-Led Design -
- IDEO -

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Nate Kellogg, The Learning Accelerator

Nate Kellogg is a Partner at The Learning Accelerator, specializing in inclusive innovation and design. Prior to joining TLA, Nate lead innovation for a charter network in New Orleans, co-founded New Schools for New Orleans’ Personalized Learning Teacher Fellowship, and taught in public, charter, and independent schools. Nate serves as a board member for Rooted School New Orleans. Nate now lives with his wife and toddler son in Middletown, RI, where they recently moved to from New Orleans.

Suzanne Newell, Austin Independent School District

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