about the challenge

The Shadow a Student Challenge is not the first attempt to encourage school leaders to walk in their students’ shoes. Educators, ethnographers, and researchers have long known the value of shadowing, especially to increase empathy for students. Many resources also encourage the practice, offer guidance for the experience, and provide tools to help educators use the insights they gain (Ginsberg, 2012, Pope, Brown, & Miles, 2015, and Wiggins, 2014).

The purpose in this challenge is to amplify this practice, create a community of leaders driven to make change in their schools, and support them to take action toward Deeper Learning. The Hewlett Foundation outlines six evidence-based, interrelated competencies that make up Deeper Learning: mastering rigorous academic content, learning how to think critically and solve problems, working collaboratively, communicating effectively, directing one’s own learning, and developing an academic mindset — a belief in one’s ability to grow.

about school retool

The Shadow a Student Challenge is an initiative of School Retool, a professional development fellowship that helps school leaders redesign their school cultures using the small, scrappy experiments called “hacks” introduced in the Shadow a Student Challenge. In peer cohorts, school leaders build toward a culture of Deeper Learning in their schools to better equip students for the future. Learn how to participate here.

our partners

The School Retool Network includes collaborators and supporters who are preparing students with the knowledge and skills needed for 21st century college, careers, and civic life.

Further reading

Want to learn more about shadowing students? Check out the following resources. And please let us know if there are other helpful materials we should amplify. We’d love to hear from you!

Ginsberg, M.B. (February 2012). Stepping into a Student’s Shoes. Educational Leadership, 69:5. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/feb12/vol69/num05/Stepping-into-a-Student's-Shoes.aspx

Ginsberg, M. B. (December 2015/January 2016). Shadowing a student shows how to make learning more relevant. Kappan, 26-30. Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0031721715619914

Pope, D. (2001). Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students. Yale University Press.

Pope, D., Brown, M., and Miles, S. (2015). Overloaded and Underprepared. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco.

Wiggins, G. (2014) “A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned.” Blog post retrieved from: https://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/a-veteran-teacher-turned-coach-shadows-2-students-for-2-days-a-sobering-lesson-learned

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