Learning Design with Instructional Leaders and U of C education students

Big Idea: How might intentionally design learning to be engaging and authentic?


  • Be Fully Present
  • Bring a Creative Commons Mindset
  • Adopt a beginner’s mindset
  • W.A.I.T. Why am I talking?
  • Take Risks and Fail Forward
  • Make Learning Visible

Driving Questions

How might we better support our learners as a team?
How might we make our work visible to inspire and inform our stakeholders?



Make ALL Learning Visible (teacher and student learning)



Critiqued learning design process to implement



8:30 Doors open at the CLC, Coffee

8:45 Introductions, Agenda and Deliverables for the day
The Narrative
What Learning Looks Like in RVS
Making Learning Visible

9:00 Culture Building: Phenomenological Improv
This gets us..
– to engage in collaborative and productive work
– to model collaboration

9:30 Discover: Collaborative brainstorm
Brainstorm a large number of ideas that you could pursue for a potential instructional design. Structuring the brainstorm with prompts will help.
This gets us…
– the raw materials for the DEFINE/DEVELOP phase of the design process.

Keep in mind…
– making this process visible and sharing it with others will boost the number of perspectives and voices sharing great ideas.

10:10 Share your Discovery

10:45 Walk and Talk

11:15 What does it mean to be a Mentor? What does it mean to be a Pre-service teacher? 
To be a successful mentor sounds, looks and feels like… 
This gets us…
– a knowledge commons collaboratively built by all stakeholders

Keep in mind…
– explore the instructional leadership toolkit. What could be included? What is missing? How can these tools be used in mentoring situations?

11:45 Lunch provided

12:15 Define: Pitch Tool
This gets us…
– to consider some driving questions to help flesh out a pitch for the unit or learning opportunity. 

Keep in mind…
– this is still a brainstorm and all ideas are welcome. From an abundance of ideas, we can collaborate to distill the learning we’re driving for. 

12:40 Critical Friends ProtocolShare your design and receive feedback for your project. Share where you are at and what might be tricky…
Partner/s Feedback: 
– I like.., I wonder…, What if….
This gets us….
– to share our pitch with colleagues and receive constructive feedback to our pitch before we move to the next step. 

Keep in mind….
– the feedback prompts and your role as critical friend in providing ideas, encouragement, and support. 

1:00 Develop / Document: Scope and Sequencing Using the Learning Design Process
This gets us….
– to consider the guiding questions or experiences for students along the learning journey and to intentionally design reflection opportunities all the way along.

Keep in mind….
– this process can certainly be used on your own, in a binder, and for your eyes only. But where it really shines is out in the open for your students and colleagues to see.

2:00 Gallery Walk + G.A.S.P.

2:15 Develop / Document: Design Time

3:00 Bye! Exit Pass: I Like, I wish, Aha, What if