Scottsdale: Coronado Success Initiative

Submitted by tknuck on January 24, 2018 - 8:34am

Design Challenge
How might we support a school’s turnaround effort through collaboration and design?
Scottsdale Unified School District’s Coronado High School
Scottsdale Charros
In January 2017, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College launched a strategic partnership with Scottsdale Unified School District and the Scottsdale Charros called the Coronado Success Initiative, a joint effort to improve Coronado High School. Our role in this project has been to bring a design lens to tackling challenges at the high school, which is going through a turnaround process.
The CSI was our first design lab partnership to launch, and we are extremely grateful to the Charros for their generous financial support, as well as to SUSD for including us in the wonderful work they are doing at Coronado.
Design Sessions: Gathering Input, Finding Themes
During the first half of 2017, our design team led a series of design workshops, including:

  • A large community-wide event with over 160 teachers, students, administrators and community members present,
  • Two sessions with 50+ high school students,
  • Two intensive days with the full teaching staff of the school, and
  • An evening session with Spanish-speaking parents.

These sessions focused on gathering perspectives on the strengths and challenges that exist at Coronado High School, and identifying and prioritizing the opportunities for change.
View the interim report that we wrote in June 2017 (this does not include the results of the parent session, which happened afterwards).
Teacher Workshop Series: Focusing on Connections
From these design sessions, one key theme stood out: the idea of and need for connections. This idea of connections played out in different ways with different groups: connections between school and community, students and teachers, administrators and the school community, content and pedagogy, and technology and innovation.
As a result, during the 2017-18 school year, our team is leading a series of workshops for teachers focused on building greater connections within the school community and  impacting daily teaching and learning practices at Coronado.  

Through these workshops, Coronado teachers are building connections for innovative, cross-disciplinary teaching and learning practices related to technology, pedagogy and content. They are leveraging the open-ended design process to model concrete examples of excellent teaching and foster experimentation with technology.



Design Challenge: How might we support a school’s turnaround effort through collaboration and design?

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