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Impact Design Essentials Program

for Elementaries


COVID Edition

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Impact Schedule Design promotes a mindset, tool set and skill set particularly applicable in these times -- which calls us to think freshly about how to create experiences for students and teachers, and requires school leadership teams to prepare for an unprecedented year. By building school team's Impact Scheduling tools and skills, leaders will better position their school teams to optimize resources and prepare for the shifting landscape throughout the year – and the future.


Tegy has adapted to the current reality by redesigning our signature Design Essentials course into a fully digital experience with expanded knowledge-sharing programming and a 4-week course with a COVID-specific program arc

Knowledge Sharing &

Impact Scheduling Resources

Accessible to all CPS elementary networks and schools.

  • webinars

  • blog posts

  • video posts

  • school spotlights

  • resources, articles, and videos from experiences around the nation

  • Network & School Leader Synergy Groups

4-Week Intensive Course

A subset of 108 schools will be selected to participate in cohorts over the school year.  Through engaging synchronous and asynchronous presentations and team activities, school teams will  identify sustainable solutions that address the right challenges.


School teams will build their skills and tool sets through:

  • Weekly Design Lab live session (90 min).

  • Weekly Prep activities (2 - 4 hours).


The school's primary scheduler will learn the puzzle skills needed through:

Optional Support:

  • Weekly Extended Teamwork Sessions

  • Weekly Office Hours/Targeted School Team Coaching

Cohort Schedule

September 28 – October 23

November 16 – December 18

January 18 – February 12

March 1 – March 26

Program Arc
Course Structure

90 min

School Team


One synchronous learning session for up to six school teams.

Puzzle Builder


2 - 4 hrs

Puzzle Builder

One 2-hour synchronous learning session with other puzzle builders.  Additional asynchronous activities.


Team Work Time

90 min

School Team

Optional additional synchronous work session for your team with guided support.



45 min

School Team

(all or part)

Optional coaching sessions available.

Design Lab

Prep Work

2 - 4 hrs

School Team

Asynchronous individual and team activities that will lay the foundation for the Design Lab Convening.

Design Lab


Program Structures & Supports

Optimizing each person's time and responsibilities.

We have designed this training to optimize each participants' time. The 4-week training requires 4 - 6 hours per week of synchronous and asynchronous team and individual work time. 

Design Lab

School Design Planning & Intentional Stakeholder Engagement

  • 90-minute weekly facilitated session

  • 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.

Puzzle Builders PLC

Impact Scheduling Skills, Schedule Modeling & Operationalizing

  • 2-hour weekly facilitated session

  • 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.

School Leader Synergy Group

Cross-School Sharing & Systems Alignment

  • optional weekly 45-minute video conference

To ensure systems accountability and alignment with CPS timelines, Tegy will host an interactive video conference for school leaders & driven by leaders to develop their capacities to lead through this unprecedented disruption. Leaders must be prepared to respond to evolving parameters for creating a school structure that supports the health of students, teachers and staff while providing quality instructional experiences. This year will likely be one where “the only constant is change.”

Network Team Participation

Leveraging Systems & Supporting All Schools

  • participation in the Design Lab & Puzzle Builder PLC

  • optional weekly 60-minute video conference

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 with school teams from their network. In addition, Tegy will facilitate an ongoing Network Synergy Group specifically for staff from all networks -- beginning in late July.

Puzzle Builders PLC
School Leader Synergy
Design Lab
Network Participation
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