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Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning

Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning

"Across the Commonwealth, I have seen examples of powerful teaching and rigorous Deeper Learning, where students are highly engaged in substantive tasks, thinking critically and creatively, and working collaboratively… We must work together to ensure these types of engaging Deeper Learning experiences are accessible to all students."

Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley, "Our Way Forward Download Word Document"

Learn About the Pilot Program

The Kaleidoscope Collective is a pilot program created in November 2019 to nurture Deeper Learning in Massachusetts public schools.

Kaleidoscope builds partnerships with educators and leaders through professional development, coaching, guidance, tools, and resources -- all built on a foundation of educational equity. Our partnerships, trainings, and resources deliberately work to cultivate critical consciousness, draw upon culturally sustaining practices, and develop an asset-based, intersectional lens in educators across the state. Equity means that every student, every day gets the opportunity to build mastery, develop identity, and cultivate creativity.

Cohort 1 was established in January 2020. Nearly 500 schools, districts, and collaboratives expressed early interest in the pilot program, and 21 schools were selected for the inaugural cohort. These schools had already begun innovative work involving Deeper Learning and were eager to build upon that work.

Cohort 2 was launched in Spring 2021 as a partnership with 15 schools in the Boston Public School district , located in East Boston, the North End, and Charlestown. Cohort 2 will collaborate with Kaleidoscope in a 3-year project to engage in Deeper Learning as well as provide critical feedback on Kaleidoscope's tools and resources.

In addition to their work with Cohort 1, the Kaleidoscope team has also engaged with stakeholders from across the state.

  • Kaleidoscope continues to host monthly Professional Learning sessions that were free and open to the public, addressing such topics as "Engaging Students as Complex Thinkers" and "Designing for Equity."

  • Kaleidoscope hosts a Community Council, composed of a diverse group of 20 students, family members of students, educators, and community members from across the state. This council reviewed various tools and protocols developed by the Kaleidoscope team in collaboration with the members of Cohort 1 and provided feedback from a broad range of perspectives, ensuring that the next iteration of Kaleidoscope's work would center the voices those most affected by Deeper Learning.

  • Kaleidoscope has contributed to a cross-functional DESE team to help develop initial prototypes for the innovative science assessment project. This work, which is aligned to Deeper Learning, has proceeded on track, with the pilot assessment slated to take place in June 2021 with 20+ schools demographically representative of the Commonwealth's students.

  • Kaleidoscope is in the process of conducting program evaluation efforts in conjunction with DESE's Office of Planning and Research to assess the impact of its work with the educators and leaders of Cohort 1.

Last Updated: June 9, 2021

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

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