ISDDE Newsletter August 2016

  • ISDDE 2016 Conference
  • Educational Designer
  • Burkardt and Swan receive award
  • Your Executive

This edition of the ISDDE newsletter is being sent directly to the email address we have for Fellows, members and other interested parties.


A key goal of ISDDE is to create better connections between educational designers wherever they are.

ISDDE 2016 Conference

Infrastructuring by Design. Utrecht, 19-22 September

This year's conference will be hosted by the Netherlands National Institute of Curriculum Development (SLO). The conference draws upon the intellectual, experiential, collaborative, and aesthetic opportunities for inspiration afforded by this location and the region. The theme, Infrastructuring by Design, refers to designer efforts to develop and implement the human and material resources required for supporting education in and across various system levels.

In the 2016 conference, we will pay attention to all of ISDDE's goals, especially that of "increasing our impact on educational practice." As designers, we are readily satisfied if our books, lessons, modules, curricula, etc. work in raising teacher or student enthusiasm and understanding. We are even happier, though, when we see that others choose to work with our products, and help them reach larger groups of users. This makes us ask, How can we structure our design activities in such a way that their outreach increases, and that they have more impact?

Thanks to Maarten Pieters and his team for all their hard work in preparing what will undoubtedly be a great conference!

Participating in the conference.

Please register for the Conference as soon as you are able.

It is not too late to share your design work with colleagues at the 2016 ISDDE Conference. But you will need to hurry!

The procedure for proposing a contribution to ISDDE is different from many other conferences. It is more simple and personal than most. For a 20 minute slot in a Parallel Session, just send an email with:


  • An abstract (maximum 250 words) of the proposed session by August 15 to
  • Indication of the session format (presenter/demonstration, design clinic patient, author) and contribution type (single or symposium). 

There will also be Poster Presentations during Happy Hour; organisers would appreciate advance notice of your intention to display and discuss your poster.

More details are available here.


Sanne Tromp, Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO) will welcome delegates on behalf of the SLO

Nienke Nieveen,
Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO) - Implementation-oriented design
Dr. Nienke Nieveen is senior curriculum researcher at SLO, the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development.

The talk will discuss lessons learned and dilemmas encountered when curriculum implementation seen as not just a technical process, but also as responding to public values and various interests of many stakeholders.

Sol Garfunkel, Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP, USA) - 2015 ISDDE Prize Winner's address

Garfunkel will provide a tour through U.S. mathematics education reform over the past 40 years, highlighting the major trends, in particular with regard to advances and setbacks in the teaching of mathematics through modeling and applications. 

Aukje Bergsma, National Testing and Assessment Center (CITO, The Netherlands) - The role of assessment in the design of education 

Bergsma’s presentation will focus on the relation between curriculum development and assessment. She will explore how both domains can benefit most from each other and more importantly how these domains serve the needs of schools, teachers and students in the best way.  

Agnes Kemperman, Secondary-tertiary Education Network (VO-HO, the Netherlands) - Professional development communities

This contribution will focus on how networks facilitate and stimulate teachers to share and develop their knowledge and experiences of teaching with colleagues in secondary and tertiary education.

Harrie Eijkelhof, Chair of National Steering Committee for Nature, Life and Technology - The new STEM subject NLT: A case

The interdisciplinary course Nature Life and Technology (NLT) established in 2007 is now taught in more than 200 Dutch senior high schools by teams of teachers, in addition to the regular programmes in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and earth science. The talk will cover aims, quality standards of the materials, implementation in schools, assessment, teacher support, and reactions of students, teachers and scientists.

More details for all the Speakers are available here.

Educational Designer

The next issue available soon!


The 9th issue of Educational Designer is in its final stages of preparation. As a sample of what you can expect, here is some information about three of the articles:

Digital design of smart images:  A design story
Brian Drayton and Gillian Puttick, TERC, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.

This paper describes a sequence of design decisions made while transforming a high-school capstone course from print to electronic form.  Because complex images used as data for student investigations were central to the curriculum, the project sought to make use of affordances of the digital environment to scaffold students' interpretation of these data. 

Designing for all learners with technology: Two design approaches from an accessibility and practitioner’s perspective
Yue-Ting Siu, University of California at Berkeley & San Francisco State University.

This paper discusses the challenges and affordances of digital media and how to embed principles of accessibility in the universal design of instructional materials. Two case studies highlight the design of cutting edge learning experiences that include equitable access to science, technology, engineering, and math.

Designing Engineering Experiences to Engage All Students
Christine M. Cunningham and Cathy P. Lachapelle, Museum of Science, Boston.

Starting with the explicit goal of fostering equity, the authprs designed an engineering curriculum for grades 1 - 5. In this paper we articulate the set of 14 inclusive design principles that guided the development of the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum, link them to relevant literature, provide examples of how they influenced our design decisions, and describe classroom outcomes.
Christine Cunningham was awarded the 2014 ISDDE Prize.

Reviewers needed!

Articles continue to be submitted for publication in Educational Designer. Hence the Editorial Team are keen to hear from fellows of ISDDE who would like to act as independent reviewers of submissions on an occasional basis. Please send a note with a clear description of your area of expertise to Sheila Evans, the assistant editor. 

Kaye Stacey Editor-in-Chief.

Castenuovo award presented to Burkhardt and Swan

The opening ceremony of the recent Thirteenth International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME13) saw Hugh Burkhardt, accept the Emma Castelnuovo Award for Excellence in the Practice of Mathematics Education on behalf of himself and close colleague Malcolm Swan who was unable to travel to the Congress. This was the inaugural presentation of the award, established to recognise outstanding achievement in practice and to complement established awards for contributions through research. The award is named after Emma Castelnuovo to honour her pioneering work.

The 2016 Castelnuovo was awarded to Burkhardt and Swan in "recognition of their more than 35 years of development and implementation of innovative, influential work in the practice of mathematics education." The full citation is available here.

The photographs show Hugh in full flight addressing the 3500 delegates in the Hamburg Convention Centre in his acceptance speech. He mentioned ISDDE several times in his talk.



ISSDE was formed to help those dedicated to raising the quality of design of educational processes and materials to work effectively as a coherent professional design and development community. The society's Background Paper provides information about the mission and activities of ISDDE.

Educational designers around the world are invited to consider becoming a member of ISDDE.


The ISDDE Committee will meet face to face in conjunction with the annual conference in Utrecht in September. The Committee does its work through several sub-committees. Please use the email links to the Chairs and those coordinating the sub-committees included if you have any matters you would like to raise for consideration at this year's meeting.

Chairs: Susan McKenney (current), Lynne McClure (incoming).

Secretary: Daniel Pead.

Journal: Kaye Stacey (Editor-in-chief), Sheila Evans (Assistant editor), Daniel Pead (Design editor), Dor Abrahamson, Max Stephens, Frans van Galen (Associate editors).

Conference: Maarten Pieters, Rena Dorf, Geoff Wake.

Prize: Betty Phillips, Jacquey Barber, Peter Boon.

Communications: Will Morony, Angela Hall, Alan Schoenfeld, David Kumar.

Membership: Chris Schunn, Lynne McClure, Phil Daro, Leslie Dietiker.

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