Summer Design Thinking Opportunities

Summer Design Thinking Opportunities

We know it’s only May, but summer will be here before we know it! Check out some great summer design thinking opportunities from us and our friends in the network. K12 Lab Network Upcoming Opportunities One Week Design Workshop for High Schoolers  – June 20-26 Design the Future is a week long immersive design thinking summer program(…)

Taking insights to action with San Francisco Unified School District

Taking insights to action with San Francisco Unified School District

The sun was out, sharpies were in hand, and we were at a beautiful Potrero Hill high school; the stage was set for an enjoyable, insights-to-action evening. Together with 14 school leaders from across the San Francisco Unified School District, the K12 Lab Network hosted a #shadowastudent Debrief and Reflection session at Thurgood Marshall High(…)

Mt. Vernon | Fail Forward

Mt. Vernon | Fail Forward

Peek your head into Stanford dorm life for a few minutes, and you might not notice anything wrong.  Stanford students go to a great university where they study intently, socialize easily, and are part of a caring community that invests in each students’ well-being. But scratch the surface of those lives, and tensions start to(…)

Math in Common | Process & Product

Math in Common | Process & Product

February marked the closing loop to a series of workshops we ran with Math in Common over 18 months. The Math in Common community brought together 10 districts to participate in professional development around student success in mathematics, and our work together launched human-centered design challenge in the area of math and technology. As our(…)

Demystifying substitute teacher training at the d.school

Demystifying substitute teacher training at the d.school

Jill Vialet is a current Edu Fellow at the d.K12 Lab Network who is spending her fellowship year reimagining the substitute teacher training system. She recently ran an immersive prototype of what a substitute teacher training could be at the d.school. Here are her reflections and learnings from the experience. As a d.school Edu Fellow(…)

2016-2017 Fellows Applications Now Live

2016-2017 Fellows Applications Now Live

The d.school’s 2016-2017 project fellows open call and application is now live. In 2016-2017 there are several opportunity areas for @K12lab fellows. We seek fellows with edu innovation projects and are particularly interested in folks with a strong equity lens working on design of the following: – #NextGen high schools – Innovative professional development –(…)

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 And if you want to jumpstart your leading with empathy, a great way is to #shadowastudent. Check out Ed Week interview about(…)

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(…)