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Impact Design Essentials Program

Chicago | K-8 Elementaries



Tegy has adapted to the current reality by redesigning our signature Impact Design Essentials course into a fully-digital, 4-week course with a COVID-specific program arc.

Program Arc

Impact Design Essentials

A 4-Week Intensive


Through engaging synchronous and asynchronous presentations and team activities, school teams will question their assumptions and clearly articulate the impact they desire for students and teachers. Then, they will identify student and staff experiences and sustainable solutions that address the right challenges.


Design Lab

School Design Planning


Who: Principal and/or Asst. Principal plus 3 - 4 other teachers/staff

Weekly Commitment

  • One 90-minute facilitated session weekly

  • 2-4 hours prep work per week (articles, videos, exercises, reflections)

  • optional: 90-minute weekly Extended Teamwork Time

  • optional: 45-minute Targeted Team Coaching Session

The heart and soul of our school innovation process. School teams will identify instructional design strategies and engage stakeholders to inform their COVID-specific models for 2020/2021. School design teams will come together in facilitated sessions, complete self-guided activities at their own pace, and access and respond to resource materials. Schools can determine the appropriate size and composition of their design team. Network staff are invited to join the Design Lab with their school teams.

Cohort Schedule

September 28 – October 23

November 16 – December 18

January 18 – February 12

March 1 – March 26

Puzzle Builders PLC

Impact Scheduling Skills, Schedule Modeling & Operationalizing

Who: Primary Schedule Builder

Weekly Commitment (in addition to Design Lab session with team)

  • One 2-hour facilitated session weekly 

  • 2-4 hours per week optional asynchronous activities and exercises

School schedules are complex. Puzzle building requires a mindset, skillset and tool set to bring all the pieces together into a set of experiences that is operationally feasible. This PLC will focus on the nuts and bolts of schedule modeling and design utilizing Tegy's cloud-based schedule-modeling platform, TimeDesigner.

School Leader Synergy Group

Cross-School Sharing & Systems Alignment

  • optional: weekly 45-minute video conference

To ensure systems accountability and alignment with CPS guidelines and timelines, Tegy will host an interactive video conference for school leaders & driven by leaders to develop their capacities to lead through this unprecedented disruption. To support the learning and ideation in the Design Lab, we will hold space for school leaders to engage in more targeted conversations.

Network Team Participation

Leveraging Systems & Supporting All Schools

  • participation in the Design Lab & Network Synergy Group

To optimize knowledge sharing and build the Impact Design mindset, skillset and tool set of network staff across the district, network staff are encouraged to participate in the Design Lab. Staff will benefit from participation with their schools, but are invited to join a cohort whether or not they have a school team in attendance.

Design Lab
School Leaders
Network Teams
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