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(…)

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(…)

Need design thinking expertise & consulting? Look no further!

Need design thinking expertise & consulting? Look no further!

We know many schools and organizations are looking for help from design thinking experts to bring the process to their sites. While the K12 Lab Network works to engage with as many of these groups as possible, we can’t always meet the need! If you are looking for long-term consulting related to bringing design thinking(…)

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(…)