Over the course of LEANLAB Education’s K12 Fellowship, fellows conducted research at three pubic schools in Kansas City. This research was undertaken not only to determine the impact of the ventures but also to give students, teachers, and administrators a chance to give feedback and have their input heard early-on in the life-cycle of those products and services. This concept of designing with the community isn’t a symbolic gesture; we believe this process of feedback and iteration, ultimately, creates more sustainable products that are directly meeting the demands of the schools that entrepreneurs hope to serve.
In Progress: Analysis of Transportation Services among Kansas City Schools
We are currently undertaking research (in partnership with Cityfi) in order to better understand inefficiencies and transportation challenges faced by Kansas City schools.
In order to better understand how schools acquire new curricula, services, and technology, we are undertaking research (in partnership with Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium) to identify procurement and purchasing practices for a variety schools in the Kansas City area.
A qualitative analysis of the most pressing needs of Kansas City schools derived and distilled from conversations with students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Interview questions focused on the future of work and making sure students were prepared for a rapidly-changing world.
Following the NSF, Institute of Education Sciences and DOE's Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development, we've developed a Design Based Research framework that will test the usability of early education innovations designed in collaboration with schools.
Distillation of conversations with community stakeholders about the problems felt most deeply by the education community. Trends in two broad categories were identified: coordination and communication. All of our stakeholders felt incredibly siloed, without a space to come together and share their thoughts and coordinate efforts. This was exacerbated by the communication breakdowns, especially between parent communities and schools. Hence, many community stakeholders were looking for avenues to advocate for themselves.
The intention of this plan is to set forth the vision, mission, theory of action and goals over the next for years, so that by 2021, LEANLAB Education's
aspiration is being achieved.