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reThink. reDesign. reCreate. reNew. Education

“Everyone agrees that the failure of our schools is tragic. It’s bad business, and it’s bad policy. But we act as if it can’t be helped. It can be helped. We designed these schools; we can reDesign them." --Melinda Gates


FRAMEWORK FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION At the center of reDESIGN’s work is the belief that learners’ have the right to own their learning process. exercise choice, and develop their voice. Through the study of Framework for Effective Instruction (FEI), practitioners learn to build strategic scaffolds that will support students in using higher-order thinking skills -- analysis, evaluation, synthesis and creation.

FEI lessons provide students with access to the learning tools critical for success in college and professional work…


 “When
 I
 started
 to
 work
 with
 my
 coach
 my
 classroom
 became
 so
 much
 more…engaging:
 with
 less
 :me
 for
 lecturing,
 and
 much
 more
 :me
 for
 inves:ga:on.
 I’ve
 been
 teaching
 for
 many
 years,
 but
 now
 I
 feel
that
I
am
really
teaching.”

• high impact learning strategies -- literacy strategies and metacognition;

• and an accelerated approach to expanding students’ academic background knowledge.

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reThink. reDesign. reCreate. reNew. Education

“This is like the best graduate level course Iʼve ever taken…to have this kind of attention and feedback on my work was amazing.” --Mike Wolach, ELA teacher, Jill Chaifetz High School

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Lew Gitelman, the originator country. His second school

Much of Lew’s inspiration for, and understanding of, the need to develop more strategic teaching and learning practices derives from his own struggles as a student, including his ten-year ef for t to graduate from the University of Massachusetts. His work speaks directly to the lack of transparency in education, and the mystification of knowledge that is so prevalent in our schools.

Antonia Rudenstine has schools.

Antonia has written extensively about school design, instructional leader ship, and reDESIGN’s Framework for Ef fective Instruction. She holds a doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

of reDESIGN’s Framework for Effective Instruction, began his career as a special education teacher in Boston, MA . Af ter more than a decade, he became a Principal, leading two alternative high schools. The first school was nominated, by the Department of Labor, as one of the top five alternative schools in the

worked in schools for the past twenty years. First as a teacher, then as a founder and administrator, and since 2003, as a consultant. She t h e c r e a to r r e D E S I G N ’ s school design principles, supporting school leaders and founders in the work of creating (and recreating) mission-driven, purposeful

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was the first Massachusetts high school for overage and under-credited second language learners. As a founder of reDESIGN, Lew has worked with Principals and teachers around the country. He is a master at offering constructive, creative and practical support to educators.

Throughout her career, Antonia has been engaged in the question of how we, as educators, can improve our learning environments so that more young people have genuine oppor tunities to thrive. In addition to supporting school leaders in their efforts to create powerful programs,

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reDESIGN Consulting Services

APPROACH Our programs are carefully crafted to meet the specific and individual needs of our clients. Though all of our projects draw on a set of proven design principles, reDESIGN does not employ a one-size fits all approach. NETWORKS, DISTRICTS, AND

• For the MA Center for Charter Public School Excellence, we have designed a comprehensive program for charter school founders in school design and start-up. We continue to facilitate the program, and in the past 3 years, charters have only been granted to participants in our program.

CHARTER RESOURCE CENTERS

SCHOOLS AND DEPARTMENTS

reDESIGN has worked extensively with organizations tasked with serving multiple schools or programs:

For the past decade, reDESIGN has supported schools in their many different stages of development:

• For the Office of Multiple Pathways

• HS for Excellence & Innovation is a new transfer school in NYC. In it’s first year, teachers worked intensely with reDESIGN to adopt the FEI. In May, the school’s NYCDOE

to Graduation, in NYC, we created and facilitated an intensive program to support 13 transfer schools, focusing on instructional improvement. Many of the schools

evaluators rated instruction in the school “highly developed.”

in the project have met AYP. Schools in the project receive: ‣

20-30 days of site-based coaching and mentoring for teachers and leaders,

• In 2007, Berkshire Arts & Technology was struggling to fully serve its students. reDESIGN conducted an extensive “audit” of every fact of the school-instruction, culture, and operations. The school used the audit as a springboard, and within a year was

‣ participation in a series of professional workshops, ‣

access to research-based materials: handbooks, templates, training videos, and participation

identified as a school with one of the highest student growth rates in the state.

on our wiki.

• Phoenix Charter Academy is a “last chance” high school in Chelsea, MA. Our work at the school has been that of a collaborator in the school’s design, as a coach for teachers and departments, and finally, as a mentor for the Leadership Team. In its 3rd year, 90% of graduates enrolled in college, and 90+% of students passed the ELA and Math state MCAS exams. The school made AYP in all categories.

“Our
past
experience
with
 coaching
it
that
it
is
so
 theore:cal
it
was
impossible
to
 implement
effec:vely.
reDESIGN
 tailors
its
support
so
that
it
 balances
the
theory
and
 prac:ce.
OUr
school
has
 improved
immensely
this
year,
 and
reDESIGN
has
played
the
 most
significant
role
in
that
 growth.”

ADDITIONAL reDESIGN CLIENTS •

MA Dept. of Ed., Charter Office

N. Queens Community HS

YouthBuild USA

Olympus High School NY

City Year, National

Opportunity Charter School, NY

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Math TEachers from NYC Transfer Schools, NY

1st Year Teachers at E. Brooklyn Community HS, NY

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WORKSHOP OFFERINGS: TEACHING & LEARNING

NEW YORK, 2010-2011

101. Introduction to Independent Learning Strategies: How do students who have gaps in their background knowledge and skills learn to become independent learners? This workshop introduces participants to a set of highimpact learning strategies that support students in becoming college-ready.

102. The Learning Strategies in the Math Classroom: Math is different from the other subjects…the language is different, the “texts” are different…and students’ perceptions of themselves as math learners are different. This workshop introduces participants to math-specific features of learning strategies.

201. Introduction to the Framework for Effective Instruction: What does a classroom that is teaching students to be independent learners really look like? This workshop introduces researchbased approaches to lesson launches, i nve s t i g a t i o n s , a n d s y n t h e s i z i n g activities.

Summer: August 16-19 Year: Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 13

Summer: August 23-27 Year: n/a

Summer August 25-27 Year Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 31, March 7

202. Math and the FEI: How do mathematicians think about math? What does it look like to create a math course where students understand the discipline’s concepts and can use the procedures? In this course participants will use the learning strategies to create mathematical investigations.

203. Bridging the Digital Divide: Web 2.0 and the FEI: Web 1.0 opened up a world of new information. Web 2.0 provides a forum for collaboration, investigation, creation, and evaluation. Web 2.0 and the FEI are perfect complements in the work of helping students become independent learners.

204. Formative Assessment: Conferencing and Synthesis in the FEI: H ow c a n s t u d e n t s l e a r n to u s e metacognition to consolidate new learning, and master strategies that will prepare them for college? This workshop explores the power of conferencing and synthesis--for teachers and students.

Summer: n/a Year: Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 13, Jan. 8

Summer: August 24-26 Year: Oct. 23, Nov. 13, Jan. 8

Summer: n/a Year: Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 19

301. Unit-Planning and Benchmarking: Moving beyond the creation of activities and lessons, practitioners will begin using the FEI to support the creation and implementation of a coherent, schoolwide curriculum (courses, units & periodic assessments).

302. The Learning Strategies and the Craft of Writing: Can students who have had little opportunity to write analytically learn to do this in high school? This workshop is for Humanities teachers who are specifically working on teaching students to improve their writing.

303. The FEI and Scientific/Historical Investigation: Science and social studies teachers are particularly challenged by the need to “cover” content, and the investigative nature of their disciplines. This workshop is designed to support practitioners as they navigate these competing priorities.

Summer: July 28-30 Year: Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 19

Summer: n/a Year: Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 13

Summer: Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Year: Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 31, March 7

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“We
couldn’t
have
built
our
school
 without
reDESIGN,
both
in
the
 planning
phase
of
our
work,
and
 over
the
past
three
years
of
 opera:on.
The
model
we
created
 with
reDESIGN
has
allowed
our
 students
to
succeed
at
levels
that
 we
didn’t
believe
was
possible.” ‐‐Beth
Anderson,
Execu:ve
Director
of
 Phoenix
Charter
Academy

reDESIGN p. 781.367.6457 f. 617.778.7764 e. a_rudenstine@me.com

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