Montclair Post- A Design Challenge Case Study


Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment, an ECEgrade 5 school in Denver Public Schools, won $10,000 in funding during the first design challenge in January 2015. With one of the most diverse student populations in the district, they have 465 students enrolled and more than 22 languages spoken at home. This presents difficulty when teachers and staff need to communicate with parents both during school events and to support student achievement. In an effort to remedy their frustrations, a small team of teachers and the school leader devised a concept for an app that could translate school communications efficiently and quickly in order to reach more families. Eight months after winning, Montclair unveiled their app, Montclair Post, during back to school to events, and between parent training sessions and a strong system for marketing the tool to families, they have made considerable strides towards overcoming communication and language barriers at the school.