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(…)

How might we expose students to a variety of new languages and cultures in an innovative way?

How might we expose students to a variety of new languages and cultures in an innovative way?

On a typical Tuesday in mid January, we gathered educators and parents from three Menlo Park City schools, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Encinal to answer exactly this question. But they didn’t go at it alone. We paired them with eight of our favorite professional designers as part of our ongoing experiment with eleven local Bay(…)

Join Us! Spring Events

Join Us! Spring Events

Intro to Design Thinking Been hearing about design thinking? Curious? This evening is a hands-on introduction to design thinking. And for twist, this workshop will be mixing up Stanford undergrads and Bay Area teachers. Thursday, March 5th, 6-8 PM at the d.school RSVP here! Creative Fuel Up with SparkTruck A new teacher workshop is driving into town:(…)

A Day in the Life of the K12 Lab Network

A Day in the Life of the K12 Lab Network

The new year has been hopping and we had one day last week where #DTK12 projects took over the whole d.school. So much fun and so much awesome teacher learning and edu innovator progress! We saw teachers grow their vision of what’s possible in their classrooms and at the same time in another room a(…)

Design Time film screening next week- RSVP now!

Design Time film screening next week- RSVP now!

We are excited to join with REDlab to premiere the new film Design Time: Learning that is Transformative. The movie follows a group of 6th grade students and their teachers from Rose Park Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah as they design for returning veterans of war. We will host a reception, screening and(…)

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(…)