Creative Learning for Equity School Design Colloquium

March 10, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Gutman Library Conference Center

The Creative Learning for Equity School Design Colloquium will provide an opportunity for four school design teams that are participating in the Innovative School Design Incubator to deepen and challenge their ideas about creative learning for equity. These four school design teams are:

The Colloquium is organized around design challenges that will move the design teams forward in their process, with support from members of their potential school communities, experienced school design leaders, and others who can provide varied perspectives and possible solutions. The Colloquium is designed for meaningful participation from students, as well as family members, school and municipal officials, and representatives from community-based organizations.

A Day of Design and Creativity

The Creative Learning for Equity School Design Colloquium program:

9:00 - 9:45 am  Registration and coffee

9:45 - 10:00 am Welcome and introductions

10:00 - 11:00 am School design panel

A panel of experienced school designers will reflect on the Incubator team’s design challenges through the lens of their own experiences. The panel will be moderated by Andy Calkins, Deputy Director of Next Generation Learning Challenges. Panel participants include:

  • Beth Anderson, CEO and founder, Phoenix Charter Academy Network with schools in Chelsea, Lawrence and Springfield
  • Sujata Bhatt, Managing Partner, Innovation at the Boston Public Schools and the founder of the Incubator School, a Pilot School in the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Mirko Chardin, founding principal of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, founded in 2012 a new middle school established as part of the city's Innovation Agenda to bring greater equity to middle school aged children
  • Seth Racine, head of Open Architects, formerly the Deputy Superintendent for the Lawrence Public Schools and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Boston Public Schools

11:00 - 11:15 am Break

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Design team introductions

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Lunch (box lunches available for registered participants)

12:45 - 2:45 pm Design challenge deep dives

12:45 - 3:00 pm Break

3:00 - 4:00 pm Improvisational reflection led by Playback Theatre

4:00 - 4:30 pm Wrap up and next steps

Other partners include Youth on Board, the Cambridge Educators Design Lab, Education Resources Consortium, graphic artist Amber Torres, and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Please Register

The Creative Learning for Equity School Design Colloquium is free of charge for invited participants. Lunch is included - please let us know if you would prefer a vegetarian option or have other dietary needs or restrictions. Please register so we know you’ll be joining us!

Sponsors and Additional Information

The Creative Learning for Equity School Design Colloquium is made possible by funding from The Boston Foundation and Next Generation Learning Challenges.


Please direct inquiries about participation, sponsorship, and more to Center for Artistry and Scholarship Program Director Jill Davidson at