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Who can participate in the CityBridge Design Studio?

  • Educators (teachers, school leaders, administrators), education-adjacent professionals (social workers, nonprofit professionals, and those working in other school or youth-focused organizations), and entrepreneurs interested in starting an education venture who:
    • Have identified a problem in their school or community
    • Are in the early stages of building a solution to this problem
    • Are interested in using design thinking to develop an equitable solution 
    • Have at least one year of experience working in education or with students/youth
    • Are able to attend all sessions
    • Work in the DMV area

What will participants do in Design Studio?

  • Explore a student-centered problem and the conditions that shape it
  • Brainstorm potential solutions to the selected problem 
  • Design a plan to gather data on the selected problem or design a pilot
  • Learn and collaborate with a community of like-minded educators, entrepreneurs, and leaders
  • Be introduced to multiple avenues for moving forward with your design

What will participants create and receive in Design Studio? 

  • Participants will walk away from Design Studio with a stronger definition of the selected problem, a set of custom design tools and methods, and a plan to continue learning or begin testing their solution.

What follow-up support is available to participants?

  • After Design Studio, participants officially become CityBridge alumni and gain access to the CityBridge alumni newsletter and network. Participants will also have the option to join a Targeted Network, where they can choose to focus on one problem area and enter a collaborative group of other designers focused on similar issues. Targeted Networks are run by subject-area experts and all participants receive a microgrant to support their piloting work. Problem areas include:
    • Mental health and social-emotional learning
    • Assessment of learning
    • Family engagement
    • Support for special populations

What is the time commitment?

  • The pre-work for Design Studio will take participants approximately two to three hours prior to the workshop. 
  • The workshop will be conducted virtually and split between two weeks (two three-hour sessions). 
  • Post-workshop activities will likely take approximately two hours to complete. This includes documenting and sharing your learnings and next steps. 

What is the timeline and process for applying?

  • We offer fall, winter, and spring sessions. Applications for fall cohorts open in late summer. Applications for the February winter cohort open in December. Applications for the spring cohorts will open in early spring 2022.
  • The application form will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Given our desire to maintain small cohorts, we might not be able to accommodate everyone’s first choice for dates. Applicants will be notified of which cohort they have been placed into at minimum two weeks before the first studio.


Do you have additional questions? Please contact us.