December 15, 2014

Summer Design Program Report

The Fund_Summer Design Program ReportFund investments and partnerships are marked by careful evaluation of best practices, sound research and strategic alignment with Chicago’s needs. We are committed to measuring and reporting on the progress (and challenges) we see in our schools.

As part of this effort, The Fund engaged a third-party researcher to evaluate our inaugural Summer Design Program. Launched in 2013, The Fund’s Summer Design Program is designed to help educators create and implement innovations that transform student learning in their classrooms or schools. Educator teams work together over the summer to develop school- or classroom-focused innovations through the inventive use of talent, technology and time.

We are pleased to share the expanded Summer Design Program 2013-2104 Reportwhich now includes an Executive Summary and corresponding Case Studies of four participating schools: Cesar E. Chávez Multicultural Academic Center, CICS – West Belden, Spencer Elementary Technology Academy and Wildwood World Magnet School. The Executive Summary explores the case studies in depth, providing reflections to benefit other program providers, schools engaging in innovation, and funders considering investments in school-level change.

View the complete report.

Visit the Innovation Spotlight for more information about the schools, teams and innovations developed during the 2013 and 2014 Summer Design Programs.