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School Retool

DESCRIPTION

School Retool is a four-month-long professional development fellowship that trains principals to take a do-it-yourself approach to school change by conducting small experiments called “hacks.” The School Retool project needs only the resources they are already available in the schools, without waiting for external funding or assistance. The project targets public schools where high percentage of students live in poverty. The School Retool programme provides research-based strategies for improving student outcomes, as well as training on how to redesign school culture through easily achievable changes. Since each school is different the School Retool toolkit is flexible enough to be adapted to changing environments. In 2015-2016 164 schools and over 114,000 students had participated in this fellowship program. A School Retool had also a spin-off project called the Shadow A Student Challenge, under which more than 1,500 principals spent a day walking in students’ shoes to build empathy and gain insight into their students’ school lives.

School Retool A

School Retool B

JUSTIFICATION

This project had a very close link to the idea of Socially Responsible Design. Profiled as an initiative improving the situation of schools in the most convenient way, it helps not only students living in poor families but also teachers and school managers. The project had impact on more than 100 000 people.

REFERENCES

https://www.ideo.com/case-study/empowering-school-leaders-to-create-change-through-design

IMAGE SOURCE

http://schoolretool.org/

TYPE OF EXAMPLE

 

GOOD

DETAILS

AUTHORS

IDEO

YEAR

2016

PREPARED FOR

IDEO, Stanford d.school, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

COUNTRY

USA

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