Models for Partnership

construct works at the nexus of Schools, Industry & Community, and funders

Our efforts focus on closing the gap between education and employment for every student in Oregon. Our grant dollars fill the early innovation funding gap. We create opportunites for investment as new education models demonstrate impact and generate demand by teachers, principals, and district leaders.


We support educators and their vision for innovation

Our toolkit of services accelerates existing school innovation efforts while catalyzing new ones

  1. Introduction

In a workshop setting we introduce educators to the powerful tools of design.

School Retool for School Leaders and Breakaway for teachers 

These catalytic experiences leave educators inspired by the possibility of re-designing culture and new learning experiences for students

2. In Practice

We stay in a region for 3 years while teams of educators adopt design mindsets and methods into practice. It takes time to expand creative capacity and shift to a culture of innovation.

During that time, we lead Innovation Projects, facilitate coaching services and peer to peer learning, develop custom curriculum to share, and produce real world student design challenges.

We stay connected until teachers and principals become design innovators able re-imagine the school experience.


3. Incubation

Construct partners with schools who have developed their creative capacity and shifted their culture toward innovation. We provide grant dollars to schools who are ready to lead the design of radical new ways of preparing every learner for success.

(Innovation Grant Program begins in 2020)


Industry and COmmunity

Innovate Initiatives  

To change the economic future for our preK-16 graduates and create the talented workforce we need for the 21st century economy we are leveraging the intersection of Agile Learning with Design Thinking. This is how we begin to break down the silos between education, communities, and industry, and close the gap between education and employment in the age of innovation.

AGILE LEARNING and Design thinking

Agile Development and Agile Management are the standard methods for innovation being used across industry sectors. Agile, at its core, is an experience of fast iterative learning with clear purpose but often with no clear path to a solution. Our traditional model of education was based on the industrial economy's paradigm of the production line. A new paradigm is needed for education in the innovation economy. 

Design Thinking, a creative collaborative problem solving method, also using rapid cycles of iteration, has become an industry standard for uncovering new and novel solutions to problems. Design Thinking offers a human centered approach and is used to address complex seemingly intractable problems. Design Thinking methods have gained increased traction in education as a pedagogical approach to building real world problem solving experiences for students and as a method for disrupting system constraints that impede learning.

An inside/outside strategy 

Construct and Innovate Oregon are combining efforts to provide a powerful set of offerings that fuel the redesign of education for the innovation economy.

Innovate Initiatives are unfolding regionally across Oregon

We start where students are, in schools, where they spend their days and we build intentional links to the places where they will spend the rest of their days outside of school (the real world.)

We believe that by changing the learning experience for students in schools and systematically connecting those experiences to relevant real world learning they are accessing outside of schools a new mindset will form around passion and purpose. This will promote agile, flexible learners, that are self directed and inspired to use school as a powerful launch pad to success in a rapidly changing world.

Innovate Initiatives happen regionally connecting schools, districts, industry, higher education institutions, and community in authentic learning experiences throughout preK-16.  

Collaboratively we bring a toolkit of service to a region: make-a-thons, School Retool, Breakaway, digital storytelling, exhibitions of learning: student to community, industry supported design challenges, business mentors, and education leaders roundtable

Together Construct and Innovate Oregon are creating the conditions for a collaboration between industry and schools. Embedded in local economies and communities we are doing deep work inside schools that expand creative capacity of educators and elevates agile learning and innovation for the region.