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Summer Design Program

Summer Design Program (SDP) is a professional development opportunity that provides principal-led school teams with the opportunity to partner with local and national experts to clarify a school-based, student-centered challenge, identify new or known solutions, and design an innovative classroom or grade-level solution.

Since the launch in 2013, SDP has served almost 300 principal-led school teams, including the current 2018-19 cohort. Although the program has evolved as we have 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.

For the 2018-19 school year, we expanded SDP. Selected school teams will receive up to one year of specialized professional development support from our content experts, UChicago Impact and National SAM Innovation Project (NSIP). Teams working with UChicago Impact are focusing on improving their school’s culture and climate, while the NSIP is helping school staff and administrators reorganize their work so that principals can spend more time observing classroom instruction.  

For additional questions about SDP, contact LeShonne Segura,

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