Around the world, there are accomplished people dedicated to raising the quality of design of educational processes and materials.

ISSDE was formed to help this group work effectively as a coherent professional design and development community.

The goals of the Society are:

  • improving the design and development process
  • building a design community
  • increasing our impact on educational practice

The Fellows are designers and project leaders with outstanding records, together with some representatives from government agencies and foundations that fund such work.

Recent news:

Lynne McClure becomes ISDDE Chair

As of 1st January 2017, Lynne McClure, of Cambridge Maths, takes over from Susan McKenney as Chair of ISDDE. Lynne has been involved with ISDDE for some time now, including chairing the 2014 conference, so she is no stranger.

Welcome to Lynne, and many thanks to Susan for her years of chairing.

ISDDE Conference 2017 - Advance Notice

6th-9th November 2017 - Hosted by Lawrence Hall of Science, California

The 2017 Annual ISDDE Conference will take place at a venue to be confirmed in California, USA from the 6th-9th November 2017 - save the date! Our hosts will, once again, be the Lawrence Hall of Science. More details will appear here when available.

Contact Suzanna Loper or Mac Cannady with questions.

2016 ISDDE Prize - Uri Wilensky


At the 2016 ISDDE Conference in Utrecht, the 2016 ISDDE Prize for “excellence in design for education in science or mathematics” was awarded to Uri Wilensky of Northwestern University for his work on NetLogo – a computer-based modeling environment that enables learners to both explore and build computer models of natural and social phenomena.

“Through a sustained and deliberate design process, Uri Wilensky has created a substantial product that is used by others to develop and share innovative prototypes – this recognition and impacts is the overarching criterion for the ISDDE Award,” said Professor Susan McKenney, Chair of ISDDE.

Professor Wilensky will deliver a keynote address on his work at the 2017 ISDDE Conference where he will formally receive the award.

Read the full prize citation…

Educational Designer Issue 9

ISDDE Newsletter

Picture: ISDDE Newsletter

The ISDDE Newsletter allows you to keep in touch with the international education design community and their work. The newsletter is distributed by email three or four times per year. Anybody is welcome to subscribe - click here to sign up.

2015 ISDDE Prize - Sol Garfunkel of COMAP

Lifetime Achievement in Educational Design

The International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE) has awarded the prestigious 2015 ISDDE Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Educational Design worth $10,000 to Solomon Garfunkel, Director of the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) in Bedford, Massachusetts.

The unifying theme in Garfunkel’s work has been the teaching of mathematics through mathematical modeling of real world situations – the message has always been that math is important, useful and interesting and the COMAP designed resources reflect that philosophy.

Read the full prize citation…

2014 ISDDE Prize – Christine Cunningham, Boston Museum of Science

Christine Cunningham (centre) receives the 2014 ISDDE Prize from Chris Schunn and Malcolm Swan

Engineering is Elementary

The 2014 Prize of $10,000 was for “excellence in design for education in science or mathematics”. On October 1st, at the 2014 ISDDE conference in Cambridge, England, the prize was awarded to Dr. Christine Cunningham for Engineering is Elementary®. EiE® has moved the field of educational design forward by providing proof of concept that even young children in ordinary classrooms can learn to love engineering. The EiE project, developed by a team at Museum of Science, Boston’s National Center for Technological Literacy®, led by Dr. Cunningham,, has reached over 6 million children and over 68,000 teachers across the United States.

Read the full prize citation...

Opportunities and Challenges in Next Generation Standards

Article in AAAS Science magazine

You may be interested in this article, in the AAAS Science Magazine, discussing the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, following in the footsteps of the USA's Common Core State Standards for ELA and Mathematics. The authors include ISDDE Fellows Elizabeth Stage, Phil Daro and Harold Asturias.

Note: free AAAS registration required for access to this article. The AAAS/ website is not operated by or affiliated with ISDDE.

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Applying for Membership and Fellowship

We have clarified the criteria and procedures for becoming a Member or Fellow, and updated the constitution accordingly.

Becoming an ISDDE Fellow or Member…

For further information:

Contact the Secretary: for details.

Updated 12 January 2017