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Design League DIIT Partnership

A yearlong, funded partnership between Mouse, DIIT and 100+ NYC teachers to foster youth voice and digital innovation

Middle and high school teachers at NYC public schools across the city are bringing Mouse's Design League program into their classrooms, guiding student teams as they create meaningful original apps, to help others in their communities.

🌟 School Application 2022-2023 🌟

Are you interested in the 2022-2023 Design League DIIT program?

Building on two years of amazing programming focused on youth voice and digital innovation, Mouse and DIIT are looking to gauge interest for the 2022-2023 school year. Our application isn't open yet, but if you're interested in being part of Design League next year, please fill out the following interest form:

School Eligibility

★ Are you an NYC public middle school or high school?

★ Are you invested in the professional growth of your teachers?

★ Are you interested in having your students work with industry professionals?

★ Are you committed to fostering youth voice, creativity, and project-based learning?

★ Are you supportive of your kids being empathetic leaders engaging with the community?

Hear teachers and administrators explain how Design League impacted their students:

“Going from a community of learners to a community of tech creators is really powerful.”

– Sofia Russo, Principal at High School for Media and Communications

About Our Partnership

2021-2022 Mouse Design League DIIT Program

This past year, we supported 42 schools across New York City's five boroughs. To complete the program, the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT), part of the New York City Department of Education, provided each school with $18,500 in Title IV funding, and Mouse provided professional development, curriculum, coaching, industry mentors and more.

  • 3816 students -- engaged with Design League curriculum in classrooms and after school programs.

  • 124 teachers -- received PD and individual coaching sessions, along with each school’s Design League Ambassador (Principal, AP, or designee).

  • 101 tech and design professionals -- spent over 200 hours mentoring classes of students and reviewing projects as students developed community-centered design projects.

  • 356 final projects -- were presented at school-wide fairs, and winners had the opportunity to showcase their projects at the 2022 Emoti-Con event.

Student Impact

94% of students grew career readiness capacities (like goal orientation, creativity + innovation).

Learn more about student outcomes and see example projects. Design League Main Page >

“There are very few solutions to the problems of this world that are spur of the moment or improvised. Mouse Design League got students thinking and planning carefully about ways to fix a problem, and also collaborating with each other – something that is invaluable, and will prepare them for college and also their future careers.”

– David Choi, Teacher at Bronx International High School

2021-2022 Implementation Schedule

Sept. - Apply to program, Oct/Nov - 3-Day PD, Dec-Apr - Implementation, App - App Competitions

2021-2022 Teacher Impact

Mouse provided Design League DIIT teachers with:

  • 3 full-days of professional development (CTLE-eligible)

  • 5 mid-program cohort check-in PDs

  • 3 hours of coaching per school

  • Industry professionals to mentor their students

  • Access to hybrid and blended digital learning platforms and curriculum on Mouse Create

  • An adaptable scope and sequence for the Design League curriculum

  • Coordination from Mouse to implement live and asynchronous school fairs with judges recruited within DIIT’s professional volunteer network

  • Digital portfolios for documenting their program integration plan, their learning and reflection, and their students’ progress

  • Teachers who successfully completed their portfolio received a Design Thinking Educator Micro-Credential on Credly

A screenshot of a zoom pd training with dozens of teachers.

If you have questions about the program, please contact:
Anthony Casasnovas, DIIT: acasasnovas@schools.nyc.gov or
Sarah Maldonado, Mouse: sarah.maldonado@mouse.org

“Our Mouse Design League students grew so much in just a few months. They got to understand the real-life implications of how to use technology to solve problems.”

– Pauline Kim, Teacher at I.S. 145 Magnet School of Innovation and Applied Learning

Additional ways to participate in Design League

Do you teach at a public school?
Run Design League yourself (from anywhere!) with the Design with Purpose course on Mouse Create, which has 200+ hands-on projects. Access free curriculum >

Are you a student interested in joining Design League?
High school students in NYC can apply to join Mouse’s own after school Design League programs, which start each fall. Students sign up here >

“Design League gets students to express what they’re thinking, why they believe it is important, what has influenced them to think this way, and what data and justification they have for their beliefs. This is really well-aligned to all of our priority standards and our priority focus skills. And even the fact that Mouse provided a program map for teachers – there was a curriculum map, there was a syllabus, there was a pacing guide. It was just so well put together. And all of the teachers felt really supported.”

– Sofia Russo, Principal at High School for Media and Communications

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