K12 Lab Network program manager on the power of positive disruptions in education

K12 Lab Network program manager on the power of positive disruptions in education

Meet Katie Krummeck (the person with the blowtorch and the marshmallow fluff). She is the K12 Lab Network program manager. At the K12 Lab Network, Katie is focused on a number of projects, including charting a new teacher-focused course for the SparkTruck, cultivating and caring for schools and educators using design thinking locally, and designing(…)

#2minPD is here

#2minPD is here

Join a global movement of educators. Create professional development that matters. Make a real impact. All in 2 minutes! What is #2minPD? #2minPD (Two-minute PD) is a video series of 2-minute professional development (PD) videos created by educators, for educators. They capture exciting teaching strategies, classroom activities or teaching concepts worth sharing. Selected videos are(…)

Creativity Booster: Bringing Improv into the Classroom

Creativity Booster: Bringing Improv into the Classroom

A group of educators spent a gorgeous spring afternoon learning improv and how improv impacts learning in the classroom. The K12 Lab Network’s Creativity Booster series’ third session, led by Maureen Carroll, Melissa Pelochino and Eric Olessund, introduced the mindsets of saying, “Yes, and,” failing forward, and the importance of altering your status when connecting(…)

K12 travels! Reflections from SXSWedu

K12 travels! Reflections from SXSWedu

Members of the progressive education community gathered last week in Austin, Texas for SXSWedu, a conference showcasing the leading edge in K12 and higher education. Folks from the K12 Lab Network were in attendance, including Susie Wise and Juliette LaMontagne, who led a workshop on understanding and catalyzing liminal learning experiences. Along with Gabrielle Santa-Donato, (who Skyped in from Chile) Susie and Juliette(…)

A New Chapter for SparkTruck

A New Chapter for SparkTruck

What happens when you get SparkTruck, Maker State and a group of enthused educators in one room? This past Saturday, for one of the K12 Lab’s Creativity Boosters, the SparkTruck team, in collaboration with Maker State, ran a workshop on how to incorporate hands-on learning in classrooms. How It Started In the last two years,(…)

Summer?! Design Thinking Opportunities Ahead…

Summer?! Design Thinking Opportunities Ahead…

While there is ice in Portland, OR and on its way (again) to Atlanta, GA , not to mention a new blizzard in New York, it seems like a good moment to think ahead to SUMMER! Whether your summer dreams are of sweet strawberries, camping out, or simply sleeping in, rest assured the snow will(…)

Creativity Boosters for Educators 2014

Creativity Boosters for Educators 2014

Some of our most fabulous d.school coaches and fellows are offering mini-workshops to bring new methods and creativity into your classroom practice. January 11th: Guido Kovalskys and Matt Haney on new modes of engaging student voice using technology February 8th: Eugene Korsunskiy and the SparkTruck crew on how to incorporate SparkTruck lessons into your teaching. SparkTruck is(…)

Celebrating Creative Confidence: Honoring Educators Building the Movement

Celebrating Creative Confidence: Honoring Educators Building the Movement

On November 14th 300 educators and fans came together for an event we called Celebrating Creative Confidence: Honoring Educators Building the Movement. We were thrilled to give everyone a signed copy of Tom and David Kelley’s new book called Creative Confidence, but in addition to sharing the book were also lucky to be joined by incredible(…)

Extreme by Design

Extreme by Design

Extreme By Design, the documentary film about the Extreme Affordability course here at the d.school, begins a five-city tour starting next week (Nov. 4-14) to build momentum for its upcoming PBS broadcast. There are two free, public events planned at every stop: • Screenings that include panel discussions with leading design thinkers • Watch+Design workshops, a hands-on introduction(…)

Design Thinking Schools Map Goes Live

Design Thinking Schools Map Goes Live

http://designthinkinginschools.org We are excited to launch our first ever design thinking in schools map and directory. A collaboration between the d.school’s K12 Lab and IDEO’s Design for Learning practice the map is a tool to help parents and educators find inspiration from others and make the connections they need to bring design thinking into their schools. We are thrilled to(…)