Strategy Workshop

Brand Strategy, Naming & Visual Identity, Web Design, Content Strategy & Marketing, Information Design & Data Visualization

Giving teachers the tools to prove what works in their classrooms

Teachers are looking for ways to improve their own performance in the classroom as well as the performance of their students. In an innovative approach to both of those goals, Education Analytics (EA), in collaboration with Marzano Research, launched Strategy Workshop, a digital application that guides teachers through a research-based process to experiment with instructional strategies in their classrooms and gather data to inform their teaching practices and drive student achievement. We used a user-centered design approach to support EA with naming, visual ID and front-end UX/UI design to translate what started as an analog toolkit with forms and spreadsheets into a seamless digital experience that automates analysis.

Support for teachers

Strategy Workshop draws from a repository of research-based instructional strategies from What Works Clearinghouse. Educators choose a strategy to try with their students, and then create groups of students with whom to implement the strategy and compare with either their before-strategy skills or with a different comparison group.

Users are guided through a series of steps to choose their groups, enter relevant information for their units and learning objectives, plan assessments, and record other details associated with their study implementation plan. Once their plan is set, they return later to enter data and complete their study.

As teachers implement their study, they can come back to the application to enter assessment data at certain points, which then informs post-study results to determine if the strategy is related to increased achievement in their group. Teachers are encouraged to reflect on their results with some prompts, so they have more information for the next time they run a study, or if they decide to implement the strategy in their classroom full-time.

Since the experience is an independent study, we developed a series of tips for educators at each step of the process to help guide them, posit questions they might find useful, and things to remember as they are implementing their study.

Translating a toolkit originally made of powerpoint slides and excel spreadsheets into an intuitive, streamlined interactive process, and designing it in a way that felt like part of the EA product family, as well as a unique experience all its own was very satisfying.

Tracy Harris

Creative Director