reDesign Blog

August 28, 2018

Mastery Week 2018: Two Best Practices for Crafting Mastery Assessments

No matter what kind of system you teach in – assessment – knowing what your students know and are able to do – is essential to understanding what students are learning. In mastery-based systems, in particular, where the focus shifts from time-based...

July 10, 2018

6 Ways to Use Drawing to Make Meaning

Reflections on pedagogy that works for marginalized students. More than 15 years ago, Mike Schmoker’s “The ‘Crayola Curriculum’” appeared in Education Week.   In it, Schmoker laments the loss of opportunity in classrooms where students...

June 26, 2018

I’m Not Sure How to Talk About Social Justice in My Classroom: How to Provide Opportunities for Students to Do the Talking!

As race-related events, gender politics, and mass shootings permeate the news cycle over the last few months, you may be wondering how you might address some of these issues in your classroom. For some teachers, facilitating a controversial...

June 19, 2018

Multiple Pathways to Success: NYC's Transfer School Institute

By Laurie Gagnon, Educational Designer at reDesign, in collaboration with reDesign team members Dixie Bacallao, Tracy Bauer, Morgan Hildesley, and Antonia Rudenstine This post originally appeared on EdWeek here. There are lots of school...

May 29, 2018

Meet Angela, Our Equity-Driven, Empowering, and Transformative Educational Designer

Angela Stepancic has joined our team at reDesign after what has already been an impressive, revolutionary, and impactful career. In order to highlight her accomplishments and expertise, we connected with Angela to learn more about her background in...

April 24, 2018

What a Middle School Pen Pal Program Taught Me About Difficult Conversations

Our guest contributor, Catherine Epstein, highlights the power of a community that supports initiative, flexibility, and collaboration, and that honors human needs and humane values of empathy and care. Catherine currently teaches Humanities and...