Innovating Design in Education for all Students

A Personalized Approach to Support

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We provide a range of entry points into school design because we believe in the power of modeling the kind of learning we want for children — and one size certainly doesn’t fit all. There are multiple opportunities for you to join us.

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Past Institutes:

February 10-11, 2018, Norwood, MA

March 24-25, 2018, Springfield, MA

School Design Institutes

These weekend Institutes are for school teams who are ready to roll up their sleeves and rethink schools. During each Institute, teams create innovative, 21st century solutions to problems affecting student learning. You will learn school design skills and receive coaching, feedback, and the support you need to help continue the next steps of your design work back home.

School Design Institutes are application-based and open to individuals and school teams. We provide lodging and meals during the event, and all participants receive stipends for completing an Institute. After participating, teams are eligible to apply for mini grants, to support testing the prototypes they developed during the Institute. Learn more about the Institutes and who has participated so far.


School Model Design Studio

This three-day, hands-on working session will be held July 17-19, 2018 in central Massachusetts. Participating teams will want help to create innovative school models (whole-school redesign or new school design). Teams interested in any Massachusetts public school governance options (district, charter, turnaround, innovation) and any K-12 grade span are encouraged to apply. See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the event and upcoming application support office hours. The application is due by 5pm on Friday, June 1st.

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Planning Grants

Starting in 2019, Mass IDEAS will offer planning grants to Massachusetts teams to dig deeper into the planning of their school designs. Teams will receive grants of up to $150,000 and will receive supports such as community-building, coaching, and content and skills learning experiences to foster their school model planning. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list to be notified when our planning grant application becomes available in fall 2018.


Implementation Grants

Beginning in 2020, we will offer implementation grants for school teams who are ready to launch their designs. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates as they become available.



Mass IDEAS will also connect participants to content workshops, learning excursions, and other partner resources available across Massachusetts as way to build collective knowledge.