Lead with empathy, Challenge assumptions, Make experiments happen

Lead with empathy, Challenge assumptions, Make experiments happen

Pleased to share a piece by @K12lab Director Susie Wise on Edutopia. Her vision is that to go deeper with design thinking is to lead with empathy, challenge assumptions, and make experiments happen. http://edut.to/1PwFxds

Calling all school leaders! Take the Shadow A Student Challenge with us.

Calling all school leaders! Take the Shadow A Student Challenge with us.

Back in November, Susie, Peter, and our friends at the Hewlett Foundation and IDEO traveled to Washington for the White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools to represent School Retool (you might remember hearing about this experience in this blog post). While in DC, they committed to getting 1,000 school leaders in 50 states hacking(…)

Early Education System Pop-Up

Early Education System Pop-Up

Every once in awhile, our friends at IDEO come to us with a new method that is so compelling we have to try it out in person. So when Sally and Deirdre from IDEO SF’s Education Studio suggested we explore some of their systems designs methods, we knew we had to jump on the opportunity.(…)

Have you ever thought about substitute teaching?

Have you ever thought about substitute teaching?

Jill Vialet, founder of Playworks and d.school Edu Fellow, will be leading a 2-day immersive Substitute Teacher Training workshop at the d.school next Tuesday and Wednesday, January 12-13th from 9-5pm. Substantial is a new non-profit project dedicated to rethinking how we recruit, train and support substitute teachers in order to maximize that time as an opportunity(…)

Ready to discover design thinking?

Ready to discover design thinking?

Apply now to one of our Discover Design Thinking Workshop! These are 2-day immersive educator workshops to introduce educators to design thinking. Participants will have the opportunity to build their design thinking skills, connect with like-minded educators, and become part of the K12 Lab Network community. We ask that every applicant apply with at least one collaborator(…)

School Retool Goes to Washington

School Retool Goes to Washington

White House Summit on Next Gen High Schools Susie Wise and School Retool Project Lead Peter Worth from K12 Lab Network, along with our IDEO colleagues Sandy Speicher, Annette Diefenthaler, and Deirdre Cerminaro, headed to the White House November 10th to announce a major effort to scale School Retool. The day was packed with lightening(…)

Making It Real with Teachers Guild

Making It Real with Teachers Guild

We were thrilled to collaborate with The Teachers Guild to Make It Real on Saturday October 17th. This event was a great opportunity to work in-person with other teachers and prototype some ideas from The Teachers Guild. We brought ideas to life from their first collaboration on creating a culture of innovation and the design sprint on sparking student curiosity.(…)

Last Stop for Girls Driving for a Difference

Last Stop for Girls Driving for a Difference

On Saturday September 19th, Girls Driving for a Difference held their 54th and final workshop at the dschool. These ladies spent the last academic year transforming an old RV into a mobile design workshop machine that brought design thinking workshops to over 1200 girls in 30 states! Katie, Jenna, Natalya & Rachel, congratulations on finishing(…)

Introducing the new edu fellows!

Introducing the new edu fellows!

We are thrilled to introduce the new cohort of edu fellows at the d.school. Our edu fellows are restless experts ready to use design thinking to make systems-level change in the ed sector. They reframe some of the most entrenched issues to get to break-through innovations. Let’s meet our fellows! Ashanti Branch is the founder of the(…)

Back to school activity: Create a student totem

Back to school activity: Create a student totem

Take a second and close your eyes. Think of a student who has stood out to you this past year. When you closed your classroom door for the year, who had you really wanted to get through to but didn’t? Who made progress that completely blew your mind? We often get bogged down in the(…)