Design Thinking | Leadership | Teaching and Learning

Students Are Changing the World NOW

Last night, my district received the Innovate Award for its District Design 2022 initiative. This initiative is focused on providing an extraordinary school experience for all students. Using the Design Thinking mindset, curiosity is promoted as students seek out real world problems and formulate innovative solutions. Students connect with contemporary and historical issues, and with […]

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Design Thinking

The Power of Empathy

When we talk design thinking, we talk empathy. But it seems that empathy is struggling to keep its place in society. In the article “The End of Empathy,” a study was shared that showed a serious decline in empathy starting in 2000. Per the article: More students say it’s not their problem to help people […]

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Quote from Joyful book
Book Reads | Design Thinking

Imagining Joyful Learning Spaces

This past month our innovation team has been fortunate to work with a school staff that is looking to reimagine their library space. Currently a traditional space with plain walls, a large circulation desk, and giant book shelves, the staff is wanting to build a space that reflects the joy of learning they want students […]

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Design Thinking | Leadership

Empathy Can Sneak Up On You!

“If we want people to fully show up, to bring their whole selves including their unarmored, whole hearts—so that we can innovate, solve problems, and serve people—we have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.” ― Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. A […]

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Design Thinking | Personalization of Learning | Teaching and Learning

Amplifiers Create a New Story: Day 3 at #SXSWEDU

…I may ramble in this post. It’s 1am. I’m tired! Have a head cold. But wanted to share my learnings… 🤪🤪 Do I really have to go home tomorrow? It’s going to be hard to walk away from the synergy of woke educators at this conference, but I know that I have much work to […]

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Grover from Sesame Street
Design Thinking | Personalization of Learning

There’s a Fly in My Soup!

How many times have you found yourself trying over and over again to explain a problem, only to have the other person jump to solutions without quite hearing you? Reminds me of this Sesame Street routine. What I love about Design Thinking is that the focus on empathy requires the designer to truly listen, observe, […]

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