A Brave New Experiment: Session 2

A Brave New Experiment: Session 2

The saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” could not have been more true for the 26 participants who attended the second session, of four, in our experimental series on teacher professional development, all of which focus on teaching the design thinking mindsets through experiential workshops instead of the process. Design teams(…)

A Brave New Experiment

A Brave New Experiment

Historically, the primary objective of the K12 Lab Network has been to support educators in learning the five phases of the design thinking process in order to build creative confidence, solve school-wide and district-wide issues and teach students to be their own agents of change. While this approach has been hugely successful, sparking a design(…)

SparkTruck popped up at the Stanford d.school this fall!

SparkTruck popped up at the Stanford d.school this fall!

This fall, d.schoolers Charlotte Burgess-Auburn and Katie Krummeck and a local teacher, Amy Balsbaugh, taught a four-day class at the Stanford d.school focused on building students’ creative confidence and facilitation skills using the SparkTruck. This short-format class is a part of a larger initiative at the d.school to teach non-traditional, experimental classes. Check out the class(…)

Upcoming K12 Lab Network workshop

Upcoming K12 Lab Network workshop

Are you looking for a crash course in design thinking? We are having an Intro to Design Thinking workshop in the springtime! The workshop is scheduled for 2 full days April 6-7, 2015. There is no cost to those admitted, but you must pay your own transportation and lodging. Breakfast and lunch are included both days, and(…)

#DTK12 Curriculum Summit

#DTK12 Curriculum Summit

We are getting oh so ready for the climb. #DTK12 Curriculum Summit here we come! K12 Lab Network team members Susie Wise (Director) Katie Krummeck (Program Manager) Devon Young (Coordinator) and Melissa Pelochino (PD Director) are fired up and ready to go. Follow the fun the community will build together August 6-7 via #DTK12.

SparkTruck Teacher Corps 2014 kicks off at the d.school!

SparkTruck Teacher Corps 2014 kicks off at the d.school!

Last week, the SparkTruck team (Katie Krummeck & Eugene Korsunskiy) and the d.school were buzzing with activity as the inaugural SparkTruck Teacher Corps came together. (To learn more about the Teacher Corps, check out this blog post.) Our goal was to inspire and catalyze teachers to bring maker education to their classrooms. To get there,(…)

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(…)