Redesigning the Overcrowded School Yard

Redesigning the Overcrowded School Yard

Inspiration in Universal Design Instead of meeting our mighty team of three East Bay School for Boys staff members for a space design day at their school, we started the morning at the universally designed Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley for inspiration. After immersing in the space and noting both the visible and invisible elements(…)

“I’m not a math guy…” and Other Explorations Around Student Identity with STEM

“I’m not a math guy…” and Other Explorations Around Student Identity with STEM

Oftentimes in the design process, coming up with a “point of view” to guide design is challenging. However, focussing on a point of view allows designers to flare and come up with novel ideas to innovative. We spent time with the team at Prospect Sierra drilling to, defining and redefining their point of view of(…)

Small Moments Matter:  Exploring stories of design thinking from the school year

Small Moments Matter: Exploring stories of design thinking from the school year

Storytelling often comes into play at the end of the design thinking process – where teams distill ideas to communicate what they created. To flip that assumption, we brought together our d.home team educators, as well as collaborators across the d.school, for their 4th and final workshop as a cohort to engage in a day(…)

Introduction to Design Thinking Experience: Tuesday, May 19th

Introduction to Design Thinking Experience: Tuesday, May 19th

Know somebody you want to introduce to design thinking? Unable to attend a d.school workshop but are interested in learning more about the process? Join us for a design thinking crash course on Tuesday, May 19th! This experience will be lead by our d.school Experience Assistants, and will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the process by(…)

Join us! Bob Lenz book release at the d.school

Join us! Bob Lenz book release at the d.school

In collaboration with Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) and School Retool we are pleased to celebrate the release of Transforming Schools Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core Standards by Bob Lenz, Justin Wells, and Sally Kingston. Their book draws on the example of the Envision Education schools, as well as(…)

Summer opportunities from the K12 Lab Network

Summer opportunities from the K12 Lab Network

Summer conjures many things… Free time, sunshine, beach weather, ice cream… and some amazing workshop opportunities! OUR WORKSHOP Introduction to Design Thinking workshop with the d.school’s K12 Lb Network Are you an educator interested in exploring design thinking? Apply here for our Summer Introduction to Design Thinking workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to build your(…)

How Might We provide educators with  concrete design thinking activities for the classroom while still highlighting the mindsets behind them?

How Might We provide educators with concrete design thinking activities for the classroom while still highlighting the mindsets behind them?

We considered feedback seriously before designing our third, of four, d.home Team experiences in our d.home Team series.  We looked at videos, interview notes, feedback surveys and “next step” post-its to try to understand what was resonating with our educators from our past experiences together and what was not. It was clear from the data(…)

Learning about ourselves in designing for others: an afternoon at Bayside!

Learning about ourselves in designing for others: an afternoon at Bayside!

The K12 Network spent an exciting afternoon diving into design thinking with the staff of Bayside STEM on February 18th. The design team at Bayside STEM wanted to get all teachers and staff on the same design thinking page before several different new school initiatives launched, so we got right to work. We did a(…)

Supporting students to pursue their passions throughout high school and as they transition out

Supporting students to pursue their passions throughout high school and as they transition out

We started February 9th in a small room off the East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy Cafeteria (EPAPA). EPAPA deeply supports and cares for its students, making the culture feel more like a family than a school. We spent the day with a powerful team of five EPAPA educators, ranging from the Lead Education Specialist who(…)

Using SparkTruck to Build Creative Confidence in Teachers!

Using SparkTruck to Build Creative Confidence in Teachers!

  The SparkTruck crew joined the Palo Alto Unified Elementary STEAM Inquiry Group for one of their monthly meetings recently. The goal of this session was to build the creative confidence of the group while also giving them an opportunity to take on the posture of learners. We believe in helping teachers continue to develop empathy(…)