Miami Jr. High: The Impact of Innovation

Submitted by dbrasic on February 14, 2019 - 1:54pm

You never know what will capture a student’s attention and propel them towards certain careers.

This was a comment made last Friday by teachers at Miami Junior-Senior High School, in Miami, AZ. These teachers have been working together since last summer to change the curriculum for their 7th and 8th graders, and the changes they’ve seen in students are astounding.

Coming Together to Improve Rural Education

Submitted by dbrasic on January 31, 2019 - 4:38pm

As a Design Fellow with the OofSI Design Initiatives team, I had the opportunity to support a kick-off event for the Arizona Rural Education Collaborative on Friday, January 18th at ASU Skysong. Our office teamed up with Glen Lineberry, Principal of Miami Junior-Senior High School in eastern Arizona, and Brad Mitchell from Battelle for Kids, a Columbus, OH based nonprofit. Together, we led a day filled with thoughtful discussions and relationship-building among a variety of stakeholders.

Cross Staff Design - One team’s next iteration

Submitted by dbrasic on January 29, 2019 - 10:56am

Our design team has been facilitating the ongoing cross staff initiatives to improve MLFTC, which involves bringing an intrapreneurial, design approach to addressing problems that staff in the college experience. One team has been focusing on the onboarding of new staff members as they start working at MLFTC. Their project has started with organizing New Hire Brown Bag Lunch & Mixer events at each campus. As the newest hire in the office, I tagged along to see what it was all about.

Coronado Success Initiative: Excellent adventures, home visits, and non-academic clubs, oh my!

Submitted by dbrasic on January 28, 2019 - 3:33pm

All I can say is that without these innovative changemakers, we’d be “in danger of flunking most heinously tomorrow.” In 1989, Billl (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) transported themselves to Scottsdale, Arizona… in particular, Coronado HS. Recently, we joined a small cohort of teachers from Coronado High School in Fall 2018 to try something different. Instead of a school-wide initiative, our team worked closely with a group of seven educators/school leaders and guided them through the design process to tackle challenges facing the Coronado HS community.

One size doesn’t fit all and get a robot to do it - a conversation with Dr. Yong Zhao

Submitted by dbrasic on January 15, 2019 - 9:52am

Last week, Dr. Yong Zhao gave a talk at the MU titled What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education. I couldn’t attend the talk due to a pretty packed schedule of meetings #firstweekback. However, did you know Dr. Zhao and Punya are old friends? These two academics go way back, like way back. Like way, way back. As in they raised their kids together. So, our office scored the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Zhao and just talk.

Miami Jr. High: Roots A Mile Deep

Submitted by dbrasic on January 3, 2019 - 12:18pm

On December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, I had the honor of visiting teachers at Miami Junior High in the Miami-Globe area. We picked the date because Miami teachers are redesigning their curriculum with the upcoming quarter organized around World War II. Seventh and eighth grade students will learn about WWII in all their core content classes.

Welcome, Design Fellows!

Submitted by dbrasic on December 18, 2018 - 12:53pm

In December, two new Design Fellows joined our team. We are excited to welcome them to the team and leverage their unique talents. Keep reading to learning a little bit about them.

What are you studying/working on? How did you end up at ASU?

Student Teachers + Design Thinking = Changemakers

Submitted by dbrasic on December 18, 2018 - 12:12pm

MLFTC teacher candidates in the Washington Elementary School District created change this semester.

Michele Amrein (Division I clinical faculty) and I (Lisa Wyatt, Design Initiatives) collaboratively piloted a semester-long design project with fourteen teacher candidates in Term 7 early childhood and Term 8 elementary placements.

Cross-Staff Update

Submitted by dbrasic on December 10, 2018 - 11:17am

Our latest Cross-Staff design session was held last Friday, and two teams (the Communication, Collaboration and Climate (CCC) group and the Onboarding and Organizational Growth (O&OG) group) shared what they’ve discovered over the past few weeks.