If you’ve successfully tested and improved a big idea in a small environment, there are likely to be more advocates by now – you’ve inspired others with your experiences.

Exactly the right time to plan the expansion and scaling of your idea so that it has a lasting effect and reaches everyone.

Andreas Reeg

What other challenges need to be addressed to achieve our vision?

What can
be scaled?

Andreas Reeg



The first thing you should do is evaluate the hack comprehensively and ask yourself: “What if this were the new normal?”

Think about what it takes to scale this solution. Which building blocks have to be in place? For example, if we want to introduce project-based learning, we have to deal with elements such as the timetable, curricula, space for teamwork, performance feedback or personnel development. It usually makes sense to set priorities and milestones so that the challenge remains manageable, and to provide evaluation and feedback at each stage.

When it comes to scaling a successful experiment, we
need to take into account more factors, such as the role and professional development of teachers, for instance



How to scale a disruptive pilot experience across the school to give all students the opportunity of self directed learning?

Although the PerLenWerk  already became a well known, entirely new disruptive pedagogical and space concept, in the beginning it still was an expansive pilot in the 5th and 6th grade at Integrated Comprehensive School.

Before scaling the concept into more of the schools grades the perception of ALL people involved shall be considered. Thus the team organized a comprehensive resonance exercise with learners, learning guides (teachers) and parents. The inherent gut feeling got confirmed: the pilot was perceived as very successful with high adherence to its goals to foster self-directed learning. The school’s community asked for scaling and contributed with a series of great suggestions for it to work even better.

In order to further scale to 7th and 8th grade, the team applied the networked innovation model to identify the key building blocks to systematize and continuously develop the PerLenWerk concept (see illustration), and validated it with the school conference.