Field Trip: Design Fellows

With an innovative approach to teacher leadership, Virginia Beach City Public Schools used design thinking to empower teachers to implement personalized learning in the classroom.

In this interview with Janene Gorham, Director of Teacher Leading and Learning at VBCPS, she shares:

  • Balancing teacher choice in PD with alignment to district goals
  • Encouraging collaboration, reflection and positive risk-taking
  • How they foster teacher leadership
  • Their unique Design Fellows program as teachers and even students were brought into the goal-setting and planning process

“I think teaching is really hard and complex — and I think the most powerful learning experiences that we can provide teachers are ones where they take an active leadership role in their own learning. That’s really the most exciting part of my day: working to build the capacity of teachers to be leaders.”