Designing Schools for Students

Discussion Guide

If you are ready to start considering the design of a teacher-powered school, use this case study to guide your thinking.

The design of the Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy (MSLA), a teacher-powered school in Denver, CO, started with considering the students who were going to attend the school. The team didn't start with the decision to be teacher-powered; instead, it was a student-centered design process that led the team to choose to be teacher-powered. In other words, student needs drove the school's design, not the leadership structure.

As you begin the school design journey, allow student needs to drive your school's design.

This case study briefly outlines the process that was used to design MSLA. It also provides a framework your team can use to start mapping out some high-level priorities for your school.