More than 175 educators from more than 30 states participated in the launch of the Teach Plus Phoenix Project, a design thinking event to reimagine teaching and learning and create a more equitable education system beyond the pandemic. John B. King, Jr., President and CEO of the Education Trust and Former Secretary of Education, delivered the keynote address. The teachers then joined four design thinking groups to help shape solutions to improve the system: Thriving Students; Thriving Teachers; Engaged Families and Communities; Teaching and Learning for the 2020s.
- Thriving Students: How might we reimagine an education system in which all students have their social, emotional, and physical needs met so that they are ready to pursue their unique learning paths?
- Thriving Teachers: How might we reimagine an education system in which teaching is a profession that attracts, supports, retains, and grows excellent, resilient educators who reflect the diversity and brilliance of their student bodies, and who have differentiated opportunities to lead and learn throughout their careers?
- Engaged Families and Communities: How might we reimagine an education system in which families and communities are honored partners in schools and student learning, and see their ideas, cultures, and vision for their children reflected in their schools?
- Teaching and Learning for the 2020s: How might we reimagine an education system that leverages innovative design, standards, and instructional materials and empowers teaching that affirms and is responsive to students’ unique experiences, learning styles, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds — and that prepares learners to thrive in life through college and career pathways?
“I am grateful to have spent an evening with such passionate educators, problem solving our greatest hurdles in education! Glad to be a part of the efforts for a better, more equitable public education for ALL of our students.”
“Heard. Empowered. Inspired. Encouraged. Aware. Some of the feelings #TeachPlusPhoenixProject fostered through engaging dialogues & work w/teachers from around the country and the world. Changes need to happen in education; hopeful all schools will work to include all students.”
“The opportunity to reimagine education is long overdue & upon us. A diverse & nationwide group of educators really brought the ideas & a variety of solutions to the forefront tonight. #TeachPlusPhoenixProject. Thanks @teachplus for making this happen.”
Stay tuned for Phoneix Project updates in the weeks to come.
Supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York