Designing for Use Track



To be effective, education solutions must be designed with the user in mind, and in partnership with the user. In this program, the ‘user’ is students and teachers. The Designing for Use Track taps the expertise of educators and puts them at the core of our work as thought partners. Through this track, educators and prototyping teams will work together to co-design adaptable solutions that build on learners’ assets and integrate with existing classroom practices.

The Designing for Use Track incorporates two groups of educators:

Educator Leadership Council

The Educator Leadership Council is a cornerstone of our inclusive R&D model. The Council is a diverse group of 25-30 educators who work at the district, school and classroom level. They bring deep expertise in middle years (grades 3-8) math curriculum and instruction, and are committed to ensuring students from all backgrounds have an opportunity to reach their full potential. 

Over the 2019-2020 school year, the Educator Leadership Council will participate in the following activities:

  • Regular virtual meetings to surface common ideas and challenges across prototyping teams

  • Design meetings with the EF+Math Program team to develop a co-creation model and processes

  • An in-person design workshop with potential prototyping teams, where Council members will participate in idea creation and evaluate prototypes

  • In-depth advising to prototype teams to inform and shape the development of proposals 

  • In-depth advising to awardees as they work with District Co-Design Partners to develop and prototype solutions 

We are currently accepting applications for the Educator Leadership Council. Please click here for more information.

District co-design Partners

School districts will be critical partners at every stage of the EF+Math Program discovery and development process, co-creating solutions that are useful, usable, effective and designed to support students’ learning in historically under-resourced schools. District Co-Design Partners (which can include charter management organizations or consortia of small schools) will collaborate closely with researchers and developers to co-design, develop and implement a prototype learning system that integrates executive function-building activities into high-quality, evidence-based math instruction. Additionally, districts/consortia will have a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with one another through trainings, workshops and design sessions. The first co-design district cohort will be comprised of approximately 6 school districts/consortia spanning a range of sizes, geographies and urbanicity. 

This two- to three-year commitment begins in late 2019 and includes the following key phases: 

  • PHASE 1 - Concept Development (December 2019 - January 2020):

    District/consortia partners will provide feedback on prototyping team proposals to ensure they are responsive to district needs and contexts for implementation.  

  • PHASE 2 - Onboarding and Co-Planning (Spring - Summer 2020):

    In Spring 2020, district/consortia partners will finalize plans for school site participation, participate in workshops, be matched with a specific R&D prototyping team, and participate in observational insights research. In Summer 2020, district/consortia partners will participate in co-design sessions with prototyping teams. 

  • PHASES 3 & 4 - Implementation, Iteration and Improvement (2020/2021 SY and 2021/2022 SY):

    District/consortia partners will collaborate with researchers and developers to iteratively prototype and test solutions in their classrooms. 

We are now accepting applications from school districts, charter management organizations, or consortia of small schools to be co-design partners. Please click here for more information about eligibility and commitment and to access the application.  

The application will close on October 25, 2019 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Applications will be reviewed and districts/consortia will be selected on a rolling basis. You are strongly encouraged to submit early. Selected districts/consortia will be notified in November 2019.


To join the Educator Leadership Council (closes 9/19/19)


To be a Co-Design Partner (closes 10/25/19)


Key Dates

Educator Leadership Council Application

  • Open date: August 22, 2019

  • Close date: September 19, 2019

  • Selected & notified: October, 2019

District Co-Design Partner Application

  • Open date: September 12, 2019

  • Close date: October 25, 2019

  • Selected & notified: November 2019

In-person Workshop in Chicago, IL

  • November 7-9, 2019