Reimagining school after COVID


Meghan Ensell

As many schools prepare to reopen this fall, many educators are wondering what challenges to anticipate and what tools they’ll need to “get back to normal” — if that’s even possible. Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, in collaboration with What Schools Could Be, will be hosting Project Springboard — April through August, 2021 — a series of design studio sessions to help educators build on this momentum for change as they get ready for the upcoming school year. More than 160 educators from 22 school districts, representing 15 states, as well as Canada and Australia, will participate.    

What this series isn’t is a set of lectures and webinars. Instead, Project Springboard is a series of four 90-minute, live online working sessions, over eight weeks. The sessions will be led by Punya Mishra, associate dean of Scholarship and Innovation at MLFTC and guided by provocative thought leaders in education, including author Ted Dintermith; Valerie Greenhill, vice president at Battelle for Kids; Christina Kishimoto, superintendent of the Hawaii State Department of Education; Linda Mora, director and principal of World of Wonder Early Learning Programs at Fenton Area Public Schools in Michigan; Pasi Shalberg, Professor of Education Policy at the Gonski Institute, UNSW Sydney; Tony Wagner, senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute and more. 

Although applications are now closed, you can read more about the project here