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Designing for Equity, Justice, and Innovation in Education Pilot Program

A competency-based program designed to promote equity and justice in schools and systems.

DEJIE Pilot Program Overview

Senior Associate Researcher Manjula Karamcheti discusses the DEJIE Pilot Program and explains why you might want to join.

A Program Built for Working Educators

This is an opportunity to be at the forefront of competency-based education.

The Center for Certification and Competency-Based Education (C3Be) at the University of Kansas is pleased to offer a 14-week virtual professional development opportunity in Designing for Equity, Justice, and Innovation in Education, for educators serving middle and high school students.

Foundation Institute

Held virtually, with both synchronous and asynchronous elements, the Designing for Equity, Justice, and Innovation in Education pilot program includes a six-week foundational institute that introduces participants to the why, what, and how of three core competencies – Teaching for Justice, Grounding in the Science of Learning and Development, and Thinking Like a Designer. An eight-week project phase follows the foundational institute.

Deepen your practice as an educator by applying design thinking and the science of learning & development, with the goal of teaching for justice in your classroom, school, or district.


  • Saturdays, February 25, 2023 – June 3, 2023

  • 11am to 2pm CST


  • February 25

  • March 4, 11, 18, 25

  • April 1


  • April 8, 15, 22, 29

  • May 6, 13, 20


  • June 3


  • June 30

Project Cycle

An eight-week project directly applicable to your current practice follows the foundational institute. During the project cycle, participants identify a project or design problem of their choice with the goal of effectively engaging their learners in collaborative discussion, groupwork, project-based learning, and/or assessment.

Participants apply principles from the foundational institute, engage in additional self-directed learning modules, receive coach feedback and participate in weekly synchronous sessions that support their design project. 

The project cycle ends with a culminating celebratory showcase where participants share their projects, results and reflections to date.


Submit your information now! 
Let us know you’re interested in this or future opportunities.



Have more questions?
Sign up for a virtual information session by clicking on the date.
These will be held at 4 pm CST. You will need a Zoom account to register.

Tuesday January 10

Wednesday January 18

Thursday January 26


  • This is a free competency-based professional development opportunity. There is NO cost for educators to participate in this program. All curriculum, materials and resources will be provided.

  • KU School of Education Faculty and C3BE staff will facilitate all synchronous sessions and provide coaching and feedback throughout the experience.

  • There will be an opportunity to earn micro-credentials and potentially 1 graduate credit upon completion of the pilot program.

  • This pilot and future professional development opportunities will inform the ongoing design and improvement of a master’s degree program in Designing for Equity, Justice and Innovation in Education, scheduled to be launched in 2024.

  • As such, participants will be asked to provide feedback on various aspects of the pilot program. As part of this research and evaluation process, faculty and staff will use participants’ assessments and projects to determine program impact.

  • Participants who are able to contribute to surveys, interviews, and focus groups after June will receive a stipend.

Designing for Equity, Justice and Innovation in Education Pilot Program

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What is Competency-Based Education

Competency-Based Education allows for demonstration of competence beyond content knowledge and provides a more holistic approach to support diverse learners in “showing what they know.”
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The Designing for Equity, Justice, and Innovation in Education Pilot Program is a virtual 14-week professional development opportunity. It is split into two sections, a six-week foundational institute and an eight-week project phase.

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The program is delivered by KU faculty with joint appointments in The Center for Certification and Competency-Based Education and the School of Education and Human Sciences.
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Micro-credentials will be issued via the University of Kansas at two levels:
1 = attendance and sharing and contribution in pods and sessions; 2 = demonstration of competencies according to assessment requirements.

Learn More

Submit your information to learn more and express interest in participating