Redesigning Teacher Training on the Fly: The Case of Sun Devil Learning Lab

Join us Friday, 5/15, 1 PM MST at to chat about how Sun Devil Learning Lab redesigned teacher training during the COVID19 Pandemic.


The evening of March 15, 2020, the state of Arizona closed schools to contain the spread of COVID-19. Despite initial hopes that schools might reopen in a few weeks, they remained closed for the remainder of the school year.

Schools serve as training grounds for education professionals. Most teacher certification programs require that teacher candidates spend time honing their practice in schools. Before COVID-19, Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College was already exploring innovative models for teacher education, including a team-based residency model to replace traditional student teaching. However, school closures upped the challenge: how do teacher candidates refine their craft–and acquire the hours needed for certification–when schools are closed?

On Friday, May 15th we will talk with Jodie Donner and Stuart Rice about how they developed the Sun Devil Learning Lab, a virtual school that offered a way for teacher candidates to practice their skills while at the same time providing needed educational resources to K-12 students around the state. Join us as we explore the Sun Devil Learning Labs through the lens of the five spaces for design in education.

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