As the Construct Foundation kicks off Oregon’s second School Retool cohort in Central, Oregon this week, (see press release)  with 19 principals from Culver, Crook, Redmond, and Bend LaPine school districts, we recently reached back to a School Retool Fellow from last years Mid-Valley cohort to see what has changed across her school campus.

Cassandra Thonstad, assistant principal at Mountain View Middle School in Newberg, Oregon, participated in the first Oregon cohort of School Retool during the winter of 2017. Her short video below answers some key questions about how the School Retool experience can impact the work of a school leader:

  • How has your practice developed?
  • What changes are you seeing in your school community?
  • What do you see that is different for students? Teachers? Administration? You?
  • Staying on this path will lead your school where?

Cassandra is continuing this work with her team of teachers encouraging their journey as they develop creative confidence and become agile thinkers using design for innovation mindsets, tools, and processes in their curriculum.

This spring the Construct Foundation will partner with principal leaders Cassandra Thonstad, Karen Pugsley, and Kyle Laier to bring a Breakaway Teacher Workshop and student design challenges to  Mt View Middle School, Chehalem Valley Middle School, and Newberg High School. The Breakaway teacher workshop on February 22-23, 2018 was made possible by a grant from The Austin Family Foundation.