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EDUCATION REDESIGN LAB

Piloting systemic change efforts in six U.S. cities that address the needs of diverse learners

The aim of the Education Redesign Lab is to engage in a research-informed design process to create a “new engine” for education and child development—an engine that will integrate an array of solutions to mitigate the effects of poverty and level the playing field for all students. Its grant provides core support to document processes and outcomes in the Lab’s consortium of six U.S. cities that are moving toward customized systems of education and child development.

“Schools as currently designed are simply too weak an intervention to achieve the goal of all means all.”

– Dr. Paul Reville, Director

 

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Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Lynne Sacks

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Email: lynne_sacks@gse.harvard.edu

 

 

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What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

The Lab has established the By All Means consortium, which is a group of six cities committed to designing and implementing new systems of education and child development. Each city has formed a Children’s Cabinet comprised of the mayor, school superintendent, head of health and social services, and other community leaders.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

One of our greatest challenges is creating change that is systemic rather than programmatic, and that takes the needs of all children into account in the design process.

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

The aim of the Education Redesign Lab is to engage in a research-informed design process to integrate an array of solutions that mitigate the effects of poverty and level the playing field for all students. No one has yet built a 21st century engine of child development and education that delivers success to all at scale. While some design principles and theories about what needs to happen do exist, the real work takes place in communities where there are leaders who share this vision. The Education Redesign Lab is immersing itself in laboratory work in a handful of communities where top leadership has embraced its vision and expressed a willingness to expend political and financial capital to figure out how to get it done. Its work is informed by and builds upon successes associated with prior initiatives in this area, such as full-service/community schools, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and various collective impact efforts.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

The Lab’s core initiative is the By All Means consortium, which connects entrepreneurial and committed city leaders dedicated to achieving systemic, integrated improvements in services for children directly with the expertise of Harvard faculty and design leaders. Six participating cities will launch a plan for change that will include: creating student-centered, differentiated learning experiences for students; integrating social, emotional and health services with education services; providing easily accessible, high quality expanded learning experiences for all children; and enacting governance structures that will support this integrated model of services for children. Each city will design its own ambitious agenda with the support of a site-based consultant. Teams will be supported in using design-thinking strategies to create a plan for change that is inclusive of the community and builds on existing initiatives. The Lab will document this work through a series of case studies. Data and outcomes measured at each site will provide a rich learning opportunity for understanding the critical factors that support, or create barriers to, a city-wide implementation effort that supports all learners.

 

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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