Designing to Build students with agency, agility, and Purpose

Since May 2014, I have been collaborating with David Clifford and other Catalysts of Design School X (DSX) to design aspects of the DSX model, such as the schedule, math curriculum, and interdisciplinary, project-based courses.

  Sketching a flexible schedule empathizing with the needs of students and teachers of various backgrounds with  Ashanti Branch . Photo from  http://designschoolx.tumblr.com/   .

 Sketching a flexible schedule empathizing with the needs of students and teachers of various backgrounds with Ashanti Branch. Photo from http://designschoolx.tumblr.com/ .

What if...

...a school’s schedule is the manifestation of its values, goals and skill set?

I worked with David on translating user needs into the DSX schedule.

 Tags created by Jamison Sloan.

Tags created by Jamison Sloan.

WHAT IF...

...the math curriculum is organized so it is relevant to the individual interests of students?

I collaborated with David and Jamison Sloan, currently studying physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on organizing traditional math skills and standards into "life skill," "fundamental skill," "abstract topic," and "side topic" to increase student engagement in the math they learn.

 Part of whiteboard from brainstorming Water Justice course. Photo from  http://designschoolx.tumblr.com/  .

Part of whiteboard from brainstorming Water Justice course. Photo from http://designschoolx.tumblr.com/ .

Prototype #1:

I designed a prototype for an interdisciplinary ten week Water Justice course for the first quarter at DSX with David and Ariel Raz, Learning Experience Designer of the d.school K12 Lab Network.