It can be difficult trying to find tools and resources to use with your Redesign. We’re on a constant lookout to find the best of the best and to share them below. 

Start with the Basics from KSDE. Then jump down to articles, videos, and books in each of the four Redesign Principles.

KSDE Resources

KSDE is working hard to develop and share timelines, tools, and links related to Redesign: 

4 Redesign Principles

Personalized Learning

Personalized learning is more than just differentiation. We’re talking full on student involvement and relies heavily on personal interests and questions. Personalization teaches students to take control and ownership of their learning. It’s not something done to them but something that they participate in doing for themselves.

Think badges, genius hours, student choice, flexible schedules / environments, the use of specific technology tools, and Individual Plans of Study.

Real World Application

Authentic, real world learning is an active process where students construct their own knowledge through self-directed inquiry, problem solving, critical thinking, and reflections in real-world contexts. Education is more student-centered. Students no longer simply memorize facts in abstract and artificial situations but they experience and apply information in ways that are grounded in reality.

Think Problem-Based, Project-Based, and Inquiry-Based Learning. Open ended questions. Authentic solutions to community issues.

    • Why PBL? (Buck Institute)
    • Participatory Budgeting Project
      Schools around the world are using participatory budgeting (PB) to engage kids in deciding which school programs and improvements to fund using a portion of the school budget. It develops student leadership & magnifies student voice.
    • Project Based Learning
      Despite the popularity of project based learning, a lot of teachers haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Cult of Pedagogy went out in search of the clearest, most authoritative information on PBL and put together a collection of materials that will help you get your feet wet.
    • Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning
      Explore Edutopia’s curated compilation of online resources for understanding and beginning to implement project-based learning.
    • Project Based Learning: Assessment and Other Dirty Words
      Here are some tips to help you get started with integrating assessment best practices into your projects, while also helping you uphold rigor and student engagement.
    • The Difference Between Projects and Project Based Learning
      “Projects” can represent a range of tasks that can be done at home or in the classroom, by parents or groups of students, quickly or over time. While project-based learning (PBL) also features projects, in PBL the focus is more on the process of learning and learner-peer-content interaction that the end-product itself.
    • The Six Must-Have Elements Of High Quality Project-Based Learning
      Project-based learning advocates are concerned that as the practice becomes more popular many people don’t know what high quality learning experiences look like. They’re trying to fix that.
    • How to Use Service Learning to Engage Kids
      Integrating service-learning projects into your curriculum doesn’t have to add hours to your planning time, and these projects deliver a big payoff for students.
    • Generation Citizen
      Teaching young people across the country how to drive change through the political process. Generation Citizen’s action-civics curriculum is the driver’s education course for civic engagement.


    • Project Based Learning: Explained
      What is it? This simple video makes the essential elements of PBL come alive and brings to light the 21st Century competencies (collaboration, communication, critical thinking) that will enable K-12 students to be college- and work-ready as well as effective members of their communities.
    • Project-Based Learning in Less Than Five Minutes
      Project-based learning is different from traditional classroom projects Learning through projects culminating projects Student choice in design vs. following a set of instructions Student inquiry vs. Pre-planned questions Self and peer assessment vs Teacher assessment Student ownership of process vs. Teacher ownership of process
    • Elementary Project: Courtyard Re-Design
      5th graders from Madison Wisconsin public school present their finished designs to a group of school architects, planners, & designers. The video also demonstrates teacher planning.
    • “It really, actually changed my life.”
      High school students reflect on their experience of project based learning and describe how they not only learned a great deal of content, but also practiced the 21st century skills needed for personal and workplace success.
    • The Revolutions Project: 10th Grade World History
      Watch this example of a PBL project in action – the “Revolutions” project featuring Erin Brandvold of Impact Academy of Arts and Technology, Hayward, CA (High School World History). This is one in a series of videos produced by the Buck Institute for Education to showcase Gold Standard PBL projects from a variety of grade levels, subject areas and settings.



Student Success

Success in life is about learning to be caring and civil, to make healthy decisions, to problem solve effectively, to value excellence, to be respectful and responsible, to be good citizens and to be empathetic and ethical individuals. We need to help students learn, practice, and model essential personal life habits that contribute to their academic, social-emotional and post-secondary success. 

Think leadership, teamwork, time management, critical thinking, healing trauma, solving poverty.

Parent & Community Partnerships

Real educational change and lasting redesigns require strong, authentic community relationships and interaction. When families, community groups, businesses, and educators work together to support learning, students are more successful in school, remain in school longer, and appreciate the experience more.

Think parent surveys, texting to families, community resource centers, open access, shared learning spaces, and family liaisons. 

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