Category: Learning Futures

Glass building at sunset

November 10, 2021 | | Design, Learning Futures, OofSI

Former design strategist and project Manager Kyle Wagner shares his experience working on our team and details his personal journey with the Office of Scholarship and Innovation.

A graduate at sunset

October 4, 2021 | and | Design, Learning Futures

Over 160 educators, leaders and community members engaged in Project Springboard from spring to summer of 2021, spanning across the US, Canada and Australia. The project wrapped up in August with a final online session, and we have created a report that summarizes the experience, outcomes and feedback we received. A common theme was the value of connecting with like-minded educators from across the world, especially during the challenges of COVID.

Illustration of kids raising a flag

July 28, 2021 | | Learning Futures

Policy discussions about learning futures often take place without those who will be living those very futures – that is, without children and youth who are routinely left out of the future visioning exercises and policy making decisions.

An antique microphone

June 11, 2021 | | Learning Futures

What is the role of values and principles in educational leadership? What can we learn from inspirational educational leaders? How did they develop their moral/ethical compass, and more importantly, how do they bring these perspectives to the work that they do?

A diving board

May 24, 2021 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

As the U.S. began to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, the calls for schools to find ways to learn from the crisis — to not simply return to the pre-pandemic “normal” — have come from many directions. Yet for schools and educational institutions that have just been through the most challenging year in recent history and are still managing the day-to-day work of running schools and educating students in an ongoing pandemic, this is no simple task.

Research mini grants

April 23, 2021 | | Learning Futures

The Office of Scholarship and Innovation has expanded the internal grants program to include research support mini-grants. The mini-grant program is a recurring monthly opportunity for faculty to receive funds to cover small costs that may arise during

A snowy road in the mountains

February 12, 2021 | | Design, Learning Futures, Technology

Revisit the keynote for the 2021 ShapingEDU Winter Games, a story of uncertainty, disruption, and resilience. See how we define learning futures, tackle the challenge of designing educational systems, explore strategic foresight tools, and build an ecosystem if resilience into our IgnitED Labs.

February 12, 2021 | | Design, Learning Futures

Danah Henriksen and I were recently invited to present a keynote (and conduct two workshops) on design thinking and STEAM education at the 2021 NV STEAM conference, organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and Desert Research Institute.

An abstract image of pencils, squares, charts, etc.

February 9, 2021 | | Learning Futures, Technology

ASU recently hosted, what is known as, the world’s largest scientific gathering, the annual conference of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.

A swirling bottomless pit of books

December 1, 2020 | | Learning Futures

In his book The child and the curriculum; and The school and society John Dewey identified four key impulses for learning that he placed at the foundation of the curriculum. The key education challenge, he argued, is to nurture these impulses for lifelong learning

A hotspot map of the world

November 20, 2020 | | Learning Futures

Last year I was in Israel to present at the Meital Conference. When I was there I was interviewed by Lior Detal, the education correspondent for TheMarker – which led to an article in the magazine.

Speakers at the MADAC Education Forum

October 15, 2020 | | Learning Futures

I recently had the privilege of collaborating with two MLFTC colleagues to present a workshop for a virtual conference for educators and education leaders in Saudi Arabia

A blurry closeup of the word Flux

June 22, 2020 | | Learning Futures, Principled Innovation

The Center for Science and the Imagination at ASU has a new series called Us in Flux. Every two weeks they publish a (super-short) short story that explores “themes of community, collaboration, and collective imagination in response to transformative events.” They follow each story with a virtual conversation with the author and a guest.

A screenshot of a Zoom call where the combined backgrounds of the participants reads

May 15, 2020 | | Learning Futures

It has been nine weeks — nine LONG weeks! — since the COVID-19 crisis turned our “normal” lives upside down.

Leadership perspective

March 16, 2020 | | Learning Futures

As someone less familiar with the reality of working in an elementary school in Arizona, I was able to arrange a day to shadow a principal within the network of schools we work with at MLFTC to place our teacher candidates. I needed to gain insight for

A rear view mirror with the words Looking Back at 2019

February 12, 2020 | | Learning Futures

We are a busy group here up on the 4th floor of the Farmer Educational Building—the space where the teams from the Office of Scholarship & Innovation and Principled Innovation hang out.

Jodie Donner speaking at AME conference

January 7, 2020 | | Learning Futures, Principled Innovation

Educators from MLFTC attended and presented at the 45th Annual Association for Moral Education Conference. The focus on “Morality and Ethics for the Digital World” at the Seattle conference directly aligned with Principled Innovation and provided the p

Group shot of the OofSI and PI teams

December 30, 2019 | | Learning Futures

It’s hard to believe it’s already the middle of December! Here in our office, we like to take the time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished at the end of the year.

Kids reading in the library

October 10, 2019 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

On the evening of September 9, pod A at Kyrene de las Manitas buzzed with activity as students showed off their new learning space in a newly launched prototype program.

A smiley face with the words

September 13, 2019 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

This past Monday was a special. That evening I was at Manitas School in Kyrene school district for the ribbon-cutting of the new school model we have been working on for the past two years. An important part of the evening was the reveal of the name of

The Tel Aviv skyline

July 17, 2019 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

I just got back from a trip to Israel. I was invited by the MEITAL 2019 conference and the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts. MEITAL is an organization of higher education institutions in Israel focusing on understanding and responding to local and global trends shaping the future of education.

A messy artists palette of paints

January 28, 2019 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

How might we? Three words, and a question mark. At one level it is a simple question—leaving open what it is that we might do. But at another level its openness is its strength. Because inherent within it is a call to action, a discomfort with the way things are, and an openness to change.

OofSI: the year that was

January 25, 2019 | | Learning Futures

Every December the Office of Scholarship & Innovation (OofSI) team looks back at the year that was, to document and reflect on all that we have done, as well as to plan for the future. This information is then put together in a report that captures


December 30, 2018 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

Since 2008 the Mishra/Sawai family has been creating short videos to welcome in the New Year. These videos, created on a shoe-string budget, are usually typographical in nature with some kind of an optical illusion or aha! moment built in. Check out our latest creation to welcome 2019 titled “Reflect”.

A blue drop and ripples

October 31, 2018 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

Most of the work that we do at the Office of Scholarship and Innovation at the  Teachers College is practical and pragmatic—working with school districts through our community design model, reimagining what university technology labs can be, supporting faculty in their research and scholarship.

Toy blocks that spell

September 12, 2018 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

Goofing off between meetings, I scribbled one line, five syllables long, on one of the white-boards in our office space. Within a few minutes, lo and behold, was a lovely haiku.

An abstract image

July 13, 2018 | | Learning Futures

What will teaching and learning look like in 30 years? How will new and emerging technologies redefine how, when, and where we learn? As educators, how can we prepare the next generation of teachers to be prepared for a transformative technology landsc