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Monterey Peninsula: Co-Designing Change with Teachers and Students

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) began a design process to improve teaching and learning with a team consisting of the superintendent and a diverse group of cabinet members, all strongly committed to the district’s goal to “listen to and engage with all stakeholders (family, community, staff) in order to better understand and respond to the needs of [the] community.” Initially, the team planned to regularly engage a broader set of people (students, teachers, families) to provide input. However, the team eventually decided to deepen their approach, and they invited teachers and students to more directly participate in the work – eventually hosting a teacher- and student-centered design session. This approach demonstrated the team’s deep commitment to prioritizing the voices of teachers and students; it also showed the team’s willingness to adapt its process over time as it learned more about what this work would take.

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