Summer Learning Opportunities from the K12 Lab Network

With only a few months separating us from the summer, we took a look and pulled together a host of opportunities to leap into learning for the summer of 2017.


Project Wayfinder Teacher Institute

Project Wayfinder is excited to announce our inaugural Educator Training. During the 4-day workshop we will be introducing administrators and teachers to our set of Tools and Resources. These tools are designed to be used in high school advisory to augment existing curricula or provide a basis for new advisory programs. Our tools and products are inspired from the Polynesian Wayfinding tradition – helping students become wayfinders on their own meaningful journeys through life. This will be a deeply immersive and transformative experience for educators – not just a “how to.” It is open to high school educators including advisory teachers, administrators, school leaders, and counselors. Read more here. 

K12 Lab Network & Good Shepherd Episcopal School Workshop in Dallas

As strong believers in the power of a good collaboration, we are excited to publicize our summer offering with the Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas.We’ll be running two engagements this summer, a two-day deep dive on June 26-27 and an introductory experience June 28-30. Read more here. 

August Discover Design Thinking

Are you an educator interested in exploring design thinking? Apply here for Discover Design Thinking, our introductory workshop for design thinking. You’ll have the opportunity to build your design thinking skills, connect with like-minded educators, and become part of the K12 Lab Network community. This workshop will run for two full days, August 3-4, at the We are able to provide the workshop experience as well as breakfast and lunch each day free of charge thanks to the generosity of General Motors Foundation. Participants must cover their own lodging and travel expenses. 


Design the Future
Design the Future is a week long, fully immersive design thinking summer program for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders in which students work to design solutions to real problems faced by individuals with physical disabilities. At the end of the one week program, each student group will present its final design and high resolution prototype during a media attended presentation. Throughout the program created by DC Design and held in collaboration with the’s K12 Lab Network, students will receive design and manufacturing mentorship from Stanford educated designers and engineers. Students should expect to walk away from the course with an understanding of how they might tangibly improve the world around them having just contributed directly to the improvement of the lives of others.


Field Guide: A Design Thinking Experience
This June, unplug and boost your design thinking abilities with coaching from the best in the field at Field Guide. Field Guide is a four-day program to learn the fundamentals of design thinking through hands-on teamwork, dynamic lectures, and relevant exercises taught by experts-in-the-field. Expect to learn concrete strategies to foster design thinking abilities in your organization, practice new skills with a 5:1 participant-to-guide ratio, understand the mindset of a successful design thinker and enjoy an all-inclusive conference with meals, lodging, and activities. Field Guide will be held in Bethel, Maine from June 27-30. Apply here.

The Nueva School’s Design Thinking Institute
For nine years, The Nueva School has pioneered the teaching of design thinking to students by creating hands-on, project-based design thinking curricula. This workshop will enable you and your teams to efficiently create projects that will foster your students’ design thinking skills, preparing them for the future. Workshop dates are June 20-23 or June 27-30. Apply here.

Henry Ford Learning Institute Summer Workshops
The HFLI will be offering three-day introductory educator workshops this summer in Detroit, MI and San Antonio, TX. They will also be running two-day workshop for experienced design thinking practitioners.
Intro to Design Thinking, Detroit, MI. July 12-14. Apply here
Intro to Design Thinking, San Antonio, TX. August 7-9. Apply here.
Innovation Collaborative for Design Thinking, Detroit, MI. July 17-18. Apply here.

FUSE16 June 14-16, 2017 Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Atlanta, GA
Fuse is a total-immersion experience in design thinking. Each summer in June, the Mt. Vernon Institute for Innovation gathers educators, business leaders, social innovators, change agents and dreamers to make an impact while learning more deeply as design thinkers. Fuse is an experience where participants learn design by doing and bring about positive change to their community. Register here.