Operation Graduation Design Labs: Class of 2020

Best workshop I’ve attended in a long time.

OGDL Participant

This summer EnvisionEdPlus hosted a series of Design Labs, in which teams of high school leaders made specific plans for their students in the Class of 2020 who were not on track to graduate on time. Teams learned about the one-time, flexible options for this year’s seniors alongside expert thought partners who helped them identify regional resources to leverage on behalf of their students. Here are some of the outcomes reported to us by participants:

  • 83% of participants said OGDL significantly increased their understanding of graduation requirements for the Class of 2020;
  • 95% of participants said they left OGDL with an idea of next steps for their teams; and
  • 80% of participants said they left OGDL with a draft action plan for at-risk students in the Class of 2020.

This was invaluable information that I will utilize immediately.

OGDL Participant

We are grateful to our statewide and regional partners, who volunteered their time to make the Operation Graduation Design Lab even more productive for participant teams. Partners hosted or provided leadership during events by sharing their key staff members’ expertise and other resources with participants across Ohio.

Canal Winchester Local Schools has model programs in project-based learning, STEM (which they define as “Strategies to Engage Minds”), and career readiness.


Carefree Education Service Group specializes in curriculum development, career pathways, school-business partnerships and project management.


The Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio hosts a regional career readiness network and provides individualized support to 47 school districts in five counties.


Graham Local Schools in Champaign County has model programs, such as Career Gears.


Inventing course aligned with Ohio’s learning standards for English Language Arts and with graduation options, such as capstone projects, Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal, and Work or Service Learning.


Jefferson County Educational Service Center provides leadership and services to students, school districts, and other stakeholders in Jefferson, Harrison, and Columbiana Counties.


Early warning and identification of student needs, progress monitoring and effectiveness of interventions. Learn more.


Milford Exempted Village Schools, near Cincinnati, has a well-established community service recognition program for high school students.


Graduation Requirements, SuccessBound, Career Readiness, upcoming state grants. Subscribe to their newsletters for weekly updates.


Patricia Smoot Wicks Consulting offers Pathworks, services to support young adults transition from high school to college and from college to career.


EnvisionEdPlus and our partners are already planning another round of design labs focused on aspects of Ohio’s newly adopted, permanent graduation requirements for the Class of 2023 and beyond. Successful Operation Graduation Design Lab 2.0 participants will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Understand the different options for the Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023 and beyond;
  • Discover resources – such as ESC service lines – that align with schools’ strategies to meet the new requirements; and
  • Complete implementation plans that build on local strengths and create opportunities for students .

We are currently recruiting educational service centers across the state to partner with us. If you are interested in being part of Operation Graduation Design Lab 2.0, review the flyer below and get in touch!