Episcopal High School - Washington D.C. Schedule Redesign Project
How might we transform our use of time during the school day to make more room for collaborative and individualized teaching and learning?
Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, Leadership+Design worked with Episcopal High School to help re-design the school's academic schedule in order to better match their priorities. Episcopal High School has unique features being an all boarding environment for high school students. They also have a signature Washington D.C. program, the McCain-Ravenel Program, allowing students to engage with the city as classroom in ways that other schools cannot, so they wanted to design a schedule that would allow teachers the opportunity to get into the city weekly. Further, like many schools, they wanted to create consistency for their students, maximize community moments and provide opportunities for learning going well beyond the confines of 3PM.
Leadership + Design's schedule design process begins with a deep dive into empathy research, and design team members spend time mapping user journeys to better understand what it feels like to be a student or teacher in the current schedule. This generates all sorts of insights, priorities, problems, opportunities and this work leads to a prioritized list of design principles allowing the school to design for their highest priorities and avoiding the common trap of a schedule designed for everyone and therefore nobody.
In January of 2020, exactly one year from the start of the project, the school adopted their brand new schedule. By design, this gives them 9 months to socialize the schedule, train their students, families and provide professional development to faculty and staff before rolling it out in September 2020.