Designing for Equitable Futures


Good Shepherd Episcopal School is proud to host the Stanford University K12Lab faculty for "Designing for Equitable Futures."

September 12, 10:00 am-1:00 pm CST, Online

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way we live, work, and connect. Protests across the country and the devastating loss of more Black lives and those who have suffered from systemic oppression -  reminds us that the decisions we make now as leaders in our school systems will have a long-lasting effect. 

Amid this cloud of uncertainty and unrest, we know that relationships are critical. Yet we also know that large districts are reporting greater than 40% of their students not connecting consistently to their schools. Moreover navigating the complexity of school closures, remote learning, learning loss, health and safety and reopening structures while maintaining a clear lens towards equity is challenging work.

In these conditions we believe that design is more important than ever–to all educators, across and between schools. The ability to look further out, practice flexibility, rehearse critical decisions, and build capacity within school leadership is critical. We believe that intentional design and an optimistic approach are the superpowers that will shepherd us into a more preferable future.

This 3-hour session, facilitated by Ariel Raz and Laura McBain from the K12 Lab of the Stanford, will offer an interactive exploration of the intersection of design thinking and futures thinking. We will explore tools and mindsets to help educators work with their communities towards a preferable future.

Like all programs, what animates this project is a spirit of dynamic collaboration. We have been incredibly impressed by the ability of online tools available to foster collective work and meaningful reflection. In order to make the most of the three-hour session, we will send all participants an email with suggestions for optimizing the online experience.

The Monarch Experience is offering a tiered pricing system that participants can pick for themselves: $100 full tuition, $50 subsidized tuition, 0 full scholarship (with an approved request: email

Space is extremely limited, so please register today! Deadline to register is September 9.


Ariel Raz

Learning Experience Designer, K12 Lab Network

“Spark Classroom Creativity // Listener, learner, hummus enthusiast”

Laura McBain

K12 Lab Director of Community and Implementation

“Unleash educators to change the world//Designer of experiences, systems-thinker and social justice advocate”