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:

Educational Designer Issue 9

2016 ISDDE Annual Conference - Utrecht, Netherlands

Utrecht, Netherlands

Infrastructuring the Design Continuum

The ISDDE'16 conference will take place from September 19-22, 2016 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. It 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 the Design Continuum, refers to designer efforts to develop and implement the human and material resources required for supporting education in and across various system levels.

Visit the conference website for full details

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 6 May 2016