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Summer Design Program

In 2013, The Fund launched Summer Design Program (SDP) with the belief that educators are best-poised to lead change in schools. SDP is a professional development opportunity that provides educators with the time, space, and resources to clarify a school-based, student-centered challenge, identify new or known solutions, and design an innovative classroom or grade-level solution.

Since its inception, SDP has served more than 200 school teams, including the 2017 cohort. Although the program has evolved as we learned what works, several principles remain constant: Educators drive the work, have choice over the partners with whom they work, and engage in a process that is unique to them and their school communities.

SDP 2017 is underway, serving 57 teams from neighborhood and charter elementary and high schools from across the city. Teams are engaging in one of three tracks:

  • Talent Track with National SAM Innovation Project
  • Time Track with Sensible Innovation
  • Culture and Climate Track with UChicago Impact

By the Numbers


School teams served


Students impacted


Invested in SDP

Summer Design Program

2017 Talent Track

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