The antidote to your standard, run-of-the-mill professional development conference: develop new problem-solving skills to tackle your school's biggest challenges.
The work of educators and school leaders is filled with ambiguous challenges. As teaching and learning continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of students, Design Thinking - using the habits, practices and mindsets of designers to create innovative solutions - is one more tool and framework that educators can use to meet those challenges.
In March 2017,, Leadership+Design teamed up with Steelcase designers in Philadelphia and Los Angeles to help participants explore, develop, and practice those skills and mindsets. These two-day bootcamp experiences provided participants with the opportunity to experience a real-world design challenge and to practice Design Thinking in the context of school.
The bootcamp experience happened simultaneously in versatile and inspiring Steelcase-designed spaces in LA and Philly, allowing the two groups to check in with one another virtually to offer mutual support, insights and encouragement. This fall, join the effort to transform the way educational leaders at all stages in their careers approach their work!
Location and registration information coming soon.
Each bootcamp has a slightly different schedule and design challenge focus, but most follow this general format.
With guidance from L+D instructors and professional designers, you’ll learn to conduct field research and gain empathy for human needs. You’ll also redefine the problem – gaining new insights, and seeing new opportunities. Teams will analyze their group dynamics and practice frameworks to foster collaboration. Day 1 ends in a happy hour/social networking reception.
As you actually start to build out your possible solution, we’ll debrief the process, analyze roadblocks, and learn ways to exert leadership when groups get stuck. With guidance from L+D instructors and professional designers, participants will learn specific ways to brainstorm and prototype. By the end of the day, your group will have built and presented a potential solution to a real-world problem.
Who Should Attend
Bootcamps are open and relevant to K-20 educators and school leaders serving in all different roles in schools including:
*Graduate students of education
* University Professors
* K-12 Teachers
* Department Chairs
* District Curriculum and Innovation Officers
*Division Directors and Deans
* Heads of School/Principals
* School teams that are interested in organizational change and innovation
Having participants from different schools and from a diversity of roles supports the design thinking principle of "radical collaboration" - where different perspectives enrich the experience and the outcome of the design.
For maximum effect, bring a team of forward-thinking educators and leaders from your institution who can bring their insights home with them to apply immediately in your school.
Thanks to our partner, Steelcase Education, for collaborating with us on this experience!
Many thanks also to our past and current industry partners and guest speakers including:
Synapse Product Development Company
St. Martin's School
Ben Johnson with BATS Improv
L+D reserves the right to cancel this seminar if there is insufficient enrollment. In this unlikely event, participants will be notified well in advance of the institute and given a full refund. L+D, however, cannot be responsible for any financial obligation incurred by participants because of travel cancellations.
When requested in writing, L+D will refund registration fees as follows: 75% of registration fee when requested 45 days or more from first day of institute; 50% of registration fee when requested 31–44 days from first day of institute; no refund within 30 days of the first day of institute.