How it all started. . .

The D3 concept originated out of a need to design programs that allowed young people to situate their learning experiences within a context that made sense to them-their own interests.

Before we embarked on this endeavor, the first goal was  to gain a deeper understanding the culture of the school and its place in the community. We worked directly with teachers, students, parents, and community members to better understand and align their diverse perspectives, needs, and voices. COMMONstudio compiled an extensive ethnographic report which provided a broad overview of the inherent challenges and opportunities both on campus and off, an understanding of all stakeholders involved.  This report was one part of a strategic approach for the development of a long term project-based learning program capable of operating in the context of Nightingale on a sustained basis.

Check out the report that helped to inform initial D3 programming here.



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The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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