Reimagining school post COVID: The design and implementation of an online collaborative design studio
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on educational systems across the world, with the sudden shift to online learning in spring 2020 that affected over 84% of the world student population. While this shift brought with it many challenges, it also meant that approaches, strategies, and systems that had often resisted change were forced to do so. Within this context, this paper focuses on a series of interactive, online professional learning sessions for vertical teams of PK-12 educators that took place in the spring and summer of 2021, called Project Springboard: Reimagining School Post-COVID. This program was the result of a private-public collaboration between Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and What School Could Be, a private organization supporting alternative approaches to education and schooling. With 21 teams of educators participating from across the United States, as well as Canada and Australia, the story of Project Springboard represents the opportunities and the challenges involved in engaging large numbers of geographically dispersed educators in systemic change efforts through a virtual professional learning experience.