University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

New School Models Design Lab

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - Friday, July 10, 2020

Penn GSE Virtual Institutes bring Penn's faculty and resources to teachers, educators and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning modules, participants engage in real-time, online group sessions as well as reflect and learn at their own pace in asynchronous sessions. Institutes typically span three consecutive half days, allowing participants to accelerate their learning while continuing to fulfill their professional obligations.

About the Program

The New School Models Design Lab empowers forward-thinking leaders with the knowledge and skills to design beyond the limits of traditional school design.

Many schools and systems are dramatically rethinking what it means to effectively educate their students and are looking to transform their learning environments to better help all young people thrive. This Institute explores this new perspective on educational learning environments and guides participants on how to bring to life a new, transformative school model.

This Institute will provide a design process that allows leaders and educators to tackle the following issues:

  • How might we meet the needs of our youngest learners and most vulnerable students?
  • How might we increase access to technology and align learning environments accordingly?
  • How might we run remote and in-person learning concurrently?
  • How can we limit learning loss while schools are closed?
  • How might we address student motivation while working at home?

Developed for individuals and team members who work on or support those who affect the design of learning environments, this Institute will focus on understanding how and why today's learning environments can be improved to better support students. Participants will leave the Institute with their own blueprint for a New School Model, along with resources to help pursue their vision.

What You'll Gain
  • Develop a draft of New School Model blueprint
  • Aquire tools and resources for school model design
  • Build greater understanding of school model design process

Who Should Enroll
  • Individuals who affect the design of a learning environment
  • Individuals who support teams that affect the design of a learning environment

Key Topics
  • Future trends in K-12 schooling
  • School Model Design process
  • Elements and conditions for school design blueprint

Dr. Tyler Thigpen

Dr. Tyler Thigpen


The Forest School & The Institute for Self-Directed Learning


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3 days



Daily synchronous sessions: 4:00–7:00pm ET
Asynchronous pre- and post-session work: 2 hours per day


Standard rate: $600
Early bird rate: $450.00*
Group rate: $450.00 per person**

*Early bird rate available until 6/10/2020
**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Click here to request a group rate.



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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you have to cancel your registration prior to the program's start date, you will receive a fee credit, valid for one year, for a future Penn GSE Virtual Institute. If Penn GSE must cancel your registration, we will refund your payment in full, or you may request a fee credit as above.