Design Studio is for educators and education entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new school model, a program within existing schools, or an educational venture and want to explore the problem and solution more.
Are you a DC-based educator or aspiring education entrepreneur who has identified a problem in your school or community but isn’t sure what to do next? Design Studio will introduce you to resources, tools, and new ways of thinking to guide your efforts to solve these problems.
Over the course of two virtual three-hour workshops, you will learn the fundamentals of equitable design and explore and define a student-centered problem and the conditions that shape it.
Over six hours, Design Studio will introduce you to equityXdesign, a framework that combines equity work with the power of human-centered design thinking. Participants will leave the workshops with a plan to gather more data on their problem and/or test out possible solutions.
CityBridge alumni facilitators will guide participants through identity work and an exploration of historical context to better understand the problem and design solutions that center those most impacted by the problem. While no formal coaching is offered in Studio, CityBridge staff are available for additional support and guidance.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other educators and entrepreneurs seeking to create a more equitable public education system for DC’s students. After Design Studio, participants officially become CityBridge alumni and gain access to the CityBridge alumni newsletter and network.
After completion of Design Studio you will have access to additional opportunities for investment to continue on your design journey, including our rolling micro grants for alumni. Design Studio does not include a stipend for participants.
I loved coming together in a shared space with other like-minded individuals and expressing our concerns, as well as, our desired outcomes and planned solutions to problems plaguing our communities, schools, and students.
It’s an incredible feeling to know that multiple people are thinking about and working toward more just and equitable outcomes for our city’s students.
CityBridge programming provides a space where educators and education entrepreneurs can boldly design groundbreaking solutions to entrenched challenges, to better serve DC students. Each cohort joins a supportive community where members are dedicated to creating a public school system worthy of all of our children.