Project Springboard: reimagining school post COVID

Join Arizona State University and an inspiring group of leaders and experts — including Valerie Greenhill, Christina Kishimoto, Linda Mora, Michelle Reid, Pasi Sahlberg, Tony Wagner, and Ted Dintersmith — for a series of 4+1 design studio sessions to help you empower your school or district to set the stage for unparalleled progress as you move from this disrupted school year into the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

In an effort to return to “normal” as quickly as possible, many schools will double down on worksheets and drills, amplifying the failings of an obsolete education model. But it doesn’t have to be this way, and this experience will help you restore the joy to teaching, and elevate learning and life outcomes for your children.

This studio series is NOT a set of lectures or webinars followed by reflective conversations. These are working sessions, guided by provocative thought leaders, and supported by experts and facilitators from within and outside of Arizona State University.

Join us as we collaborate to create a series of short- and long-term action-focused initiatives driven by a community vision of the future graduate.

What to expect:

  • Four 90-minute, live online design studio sessions over eight weeks, plus a final “capstone” session in late summer
  • Dates: April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9, (+1 August 18), 2021, 3:30 – 5:00 pm Pacific / 6:30 – 8:00 pm Eastern time
  • Optional “office hours” on the Wednesdays between studio sessions
  • Team work time and community engagement on our online platform outside of studio sessions
  • No fee or cost to participate

Who this is for:

  • We can support up to 12 vertical teams of 3-8 people. Each team must include a mix of administrators and classroom teachers, and ideally other members of the school community (parents, students, community members).
  • Teams can represent a school, district, etc. as long as there is a diverse set of educators from different positions included.

We fully appreciate that the first reaction of many will be, “How can I possibly spend time on this, when I’m so busy propping up a model I never really believed in?” And that’s the point.


How to apply:

The application period has closed.

If you have any questions, please email Enrique Borges at


Hello to “possible”: Exploring what your school could be

  • What do the futures of learning and schooling look like? What purpose and possibilities can you envision?
  • What essential skills and mindsets do you believe your students will need to truly be prepared for their futures?
  • How will you engage others in creating your school or district’s Portrait of a Graduate?

Learning from our experiences and each other

  • How might you use action research to create more urgency and ownership of the need for change and a better understanding of the obstacles to change?
  • What have you learned from your experiences during the pandemic? What do you want to carry forward, and what do you want to move past?

Building momentum for reimagining school: What’s first?

  • What are the bright spots in the U.S. and globally that we can use to take a wider view of education beyond the past twelve months? Which models and approaches inspire you?
  • How can you and your team take on an action-oriented mindset?
  • What are the possible actions that you can take in the short-term to inform your reimagination change model for the upcoming school year?

Carrying this forward

  • How will you use collective wisdom to identify possible pitfalls and challenges associated with your reimagination change model? 
  • What lessons have you learned from your early actions, and how has that influenced your go-forward thinking?
  • How can your team best use the support of the guest experts and other project teams between now and the beginning of the school year?

Reporting back and looking ahead

  • Your team will present your stakeholder communication plan to receive feedback and suggestions, and to get energized for the new school year!


Valerie Greenhill

Valerie Greenhill

Valerie is Vice President at Battelle for Kids, where she is responsible for the strategy and oversight of 21st century design, delivery, and networks. In that capacity, she leads the team’s work on Portrait of a Graduate, Portrait to Practice services, and the EdLeader21 National Network.

In addition to co-authoring The Leader’s Guide to 21st Century Education: 7 Steps for Schools and Districts, Valerie was a contributing author to Deeper Learning: Beyond 21st Century Skills and 21st Century Students Need 21st Century Skills. Valerie co-founded EdLeader21, now the national network of Battelle for Kids, and was the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21).

Valerie often speaks at national and regional conferences on school transformation, Portrait of a Graduate, equity, and other topics related to 21st century education. She earned an M.Ed. in educational media and computers from Arizona State University, a master’s in English from the University of Arizona, and her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.

Christina Kishimoto

Christina Kishimoto

Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto was appointed state superintendent of the Hawaii State Department of Education on August 1, 2017. Her education career spans over 25 years of equity-focused work across three states, in both lower and higher education, including two previous CEO/superintendent roles in Gilbert, Arizona, and Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Kishimoto has proudly served as board president of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, board member of the Council of Chief State School Officers, and is a national Chief for Change. Dr. K is passionately committed to the power and promise of public education as a nexus of community advancement and economic growth through student voice, parent engagement, and a diverse portfolio of innovative school designs led by public educators. She earned a Doctorate in Education Administration from Columbia University Teachers College, a Master of Public Administration in Public Affairs and Policy from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Linda Mora

Linda Mora

Linda is the director and principal of World of Wonder Early Learning Programs at Fenton Area Public Schools in Michigan. After teaching kindergarten and Young 5s for more than 25 years, Linda became more and more disillusioned by the loss of play and the push down of academics into the early years. When asked to lead Fenton’s Early Childhood Programs, she saw this as an opportunity to create a place that honors children and uses their natural creativity, competencies, and talents to promote learning. Under Linda’s leadership, Fenton’s early childhood programs transitioned to follow the pedagogy and principles of the Reggio-Emilia Approach. Teacher action research was a natural extension of the Reggio principle of “Teacher as Researcher.”  World of Wonder has been continuously implementing action research for more than six years.

Linda has presented at national, state, and local conferences on action research, on creating a Reggio-inspired program in a public school setting, on all aspects of PLAY and other early childhood topics. She is a founding member of “Michigan Inspirations: A Reggio-Inspired Community of Learners”.  She earned her master’s in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Alma College. 

Dr. Michelle Reid

Michelle Reid

Dr. Michelle Reid is now serving in her 40th year in K-12 education. She was named Superintendent of the Northshore School District in June 2016 and is former Superintendent of the South Kitsap School District. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Superintendent, District Athletic Director and high school Principal in the Port Angeles School District. She has also served as a leadership facilitator at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership and the Harvard Institute for School Leadership.

Dr. Reid received her doctorate in educational leadership and her master’s in educational administration from the University of Washington. She received her bachelor’s degree in natural science/chemistry from the University of Puget Sound. In November 2020, Dr. Reid was named 2021 Washington State Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators. In February, she was named 2021 National Superintendent of the Year by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

In Dr. Reid’s five years of leadership in Northshore, the district has developed a more equitable screening process for the Highly Capable Program, opened an Innovation Lab HS, consistently improved graduation rates, launched the process for an ethnic studies curriculum, supported two UW statewide demonstration sites for exemplary inclusive practices schools, formalized a department that focuses on racial and educational justice, increased community voice through a student board, strengthened partnerships, held regular meetings with diverse communities and expanded access to advisory committees and task forces.

Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg has worked as a schoolteacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policymaker in Finland and advised education system leaders around the world. He served as senior education specialist at the World Bank (in Washington, DC), lead education expert at the European Training Foundation (in Torino, Italy),director general at the Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture (CIMO), and visiting professor of Practice at Harvard University. He is a recipient of several recognitions for his lifelong service for education, including the 2012 Education Award in Finland, the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize, and Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017.

Tony Wagner

A globally recognized expert in education, Tony Wagner is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, founded by Linda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to this appointment, Tony held a variety of positions at Harvard University for more than twenty years, including four years as an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and the founder and co-director, for more than a decade, of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. In 2021, Tony joined the Board of Better World Ed, an education nonprofit on a mission to help you(th) love learning.

Tony is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles and seven books, including three best-sellers.

Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith

Over the past decade, Ted Dintersmith has immersed himself in the world of education. He has insights into the world our children will live in as adults, and the ways this world ought to affect the way we educate children.  Ted fights every day to do what he can to help give children the kind of education that will prepare them for their futures, and let them lead lives of purpose.

During the 2015-2016 school year, Dintersmith went to all fifty states, visiting some 200 schools. His new book, titled What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America, brings these stories to readers. Dintersmith highlights the common elements of the powerful learning experiences he observed, and the ways leaders can change schools at scale by putting in place the conditions that let teachers and students thrive.

In 2012, Ted was appointed by President Obama to represent the United States at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on education and entrepreneurship. Dintersmith graduated from the College of William and Mary with High Honors in English and Physics and went on to get a PhD in Engineering from Stanford, where he also taught.

Punya Mishra

Punya Mishra

Associate Dean of Scholarship and Innovation

Dr. Punya Mishra is Associate Dean of Scholarship and Innovation and professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He also has an affiliate appointment in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is internationally recognized for his work in technology integration in teaching; the role of creativity and aesthetics in learning; and the application of design-based approaches to educational innovation. He has received over $7 million in grants; published over 100 articles and edited 3 books. He is an award-winning teacher, an engaging public speaker, as well as an accomplished visual artist and poet.