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Designing and Leading Learning Systems

Learn leading strategies for educational innovation to improve practice, raise student performance, and reduce achievement gaps.

Designing and Leading Learning Systems

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About this course

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Pursuing goals for ambitious teaching and learning requires that students, teachers, and educational leaders learn to work together in new ways. This course engages learners in exploring four leading logics of educational innovation: strategies and approaches to producing and using knowledge to improve educational practice and outcomes at scale, across many classrooms, schools, and systems. These logics include:

  • Shell enterprises
  • Diffusion enterprises
  • Incubation enterprises
  • Evolutionary enterprises

Each of these logics has been used successfully in different types of classrooms, schools, and systems, though each also features traps and pitfalls that complicate universal usage.

To understand both their potential and their pitfalls, learners will apply these logics in analyzing exemplary cases of large-scale, practice-focused educational innovation in the US and abroad.

With deeper understandings of these logics, learners will be able to be strategic in designing and managing local innovation. They will also be able to identify external programs and projects that can serve as effective partners in innovation and improvement.

This course is part of the Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement MicroMasters Program offered by MichiganX.

At a glance

  • Institution: MichiganX
  • Subject: Education & Teacher Training
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites:

    Working knowledge of schools and education systems as well as the political, policy, and public pressures to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.

What you'll learn

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  • To think and reason about innovation as producing, using, and refining practical knowledge in schools and systems.
  • To evaluate the alignment between innovation strategies and local contexts.
  • To coordinate innovation strategies with goals for ambitious teaching and learning.

Part 1: Review of Leading Logics of Educational Innovation
Relationships among Educational Policy, Research, and Practice

Part 2: Analyzing Cases of Large-Scale, Practice-Focused Educational Innovation

Note: Case studies will include Success for All , which operates in the US and abroad; Reading Recovery , which was initially developed in New Zealand and has since established a large presence in the US and around the world; and England's National College for Teaching and School Leadership.

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Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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