Our portfolio includes a wide range of projects addressing Learning Futures. The examples here highlight some of our past and current work.

Collage of artists

Climate disruption, loss of biodiversity, overuse of earth’s resources, and ecological collapse threaten all life on earth. But there is much we can do to turn it around and address the root causes of the climate crisis. Education is an important part of the solution, but education itself must undergo a radical transformation to ensure more sustainable and ecologically just futures.

Learning Futures Collaboratives are intended to meet the goals of developing future-focused, ideas-driven, high-impact research agendas among MLFTC faculty and graduate students.

A diving board

A series of online design studio sessions for teams of educators from schools and districts across the country and the world to advance their vision for what school could be.

An abstract image that looks to me like pulses of light flying through deep space

A virtual design workshop for faculty in STEM disciplines to collaboratively develop new programs and curriculum materials that go beyond core content knowledge to integrate mindsets and values.

Sun Devil Learning Labs

Sun Devil Learning Labs is a virtual platform that provided meaningful clinical experiences for MLFTC teacher candidates and supported local students and families during the pandemic.

Kids hiking at sunset. One kid is helping the other up a boulder.

In the fall of 2019, the Arizona Network for School Improvement (Arizona NSI), a Gates Foundation grant partnership between< Access ASU and Be A Leader Foundation, reached out to the Design Initiatives team for support on training and facilitation on Continuous Improvement processes.

Staff Catalysts discuss Principled Innovation

A cohort of MLFTC staff from across college units came together during the 2019-20 academic year to demystify the practices of principled innovation and use principled design to catalyze positive change within their work contexts.

Kyrene faculty design an innovative school for students

Our Design Initiatives team partnered with Kyrene School District to lead a design process to develop a new school model.

Washington Elementary teacher candidates put sticky notes on a whiteboard

How might we foster intrapreneurial mindsets in teacher candidates?

TEL 101 participants

How might we begin to develop changemaker mindsets in first-year students through an introductory college course?

A classroom at Miami Junior High

How might a small, rural junior high school redesign its curriculum to increase student engagement and learning?

Avondale faculty at the design workshop

How might each of the district’s ten schools design a unique identity for themselves?

Madison faculty in lab coats

How might a district’s leadership team become more innovative in its approach to problem-solving?

Coronado success initiative

How might we support a school’s turnaround effort through collaboration and design?

MLFTC Cross Staff initiative participants

How might we support staff within MLFTC to be creative intrapreneurs and create positive change in our college?