Leadership+Design Bootcamp: an opportunity to expand your human-centered design skills, habits, and mindsets and develop your leadership capacity 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, school leadership teams likewise need to transform their approach to making change in their schools and their communities. We need to become more nimble, more comfortable with ambiguity, and more deeply collaborative in our work.
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. The two-day Leadership+Design Bootcamp provides participants with the opportunity to refine and work their problem-solving muscles. They'll experience a real-world design challenge and learn to practice human-centered design strategies to innovate in their schools and beyond. In particular, we'll explore how design thinking can shape the way we lead and transform our institutions, and local communities, at all levels.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
This spring, join the effort to transform the way educational leaders at all stages in their careers approach their work!
Throughout the first day, participants will work in small groups to complete a design challenge on a real-world, problem presented by Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI), a Twin Cities organization (with a wonderfully wacky and whimsical name) that works to close the achievement gap through free creative writing and tutoring programs. Led by L+D facilitators, groups will tackle that problem, learning and practicing how a human-centered design approach can result in collaborative and innovative solutions. Teams will engage in ethnographic field work, further define the problem they're trying to solve, ideate creative possibilities, and prototype solutions. Throughout the day, we'll reflect on group dynamics, as well as how design mindsets might inform our behavior as we lead others. We’ll debrief the process, analyze roadblocks, and learn ways to exert leadership when groups get stuck. Day 1 ends in a happy hour/social networking reception.
The morning of Day 2 includes final preparation and prototyping, followed by an opportunity to present the solution they designed to MOI representatives and additional feedback panelists.
During the remainder of the day, we'll delve into additional applications of Design Thinking in schools. Participants will have a chance to share problems/opportunities they face in their own work and get help brainstorming and prototyping design-inspired approaches to solving them. We will also introduce some "level 2" empathy research tools, and further develop our ability to engage with our communities as anthropologists. In addition, we'll discuss and practice facilitation skills for leading groups through design processes.
Participants will leave the two days with new skills and mindsets, as well as some concrete tools to implement as they bring innovative, human-centered leadership back to their schools.
Who Should Attend
Leadership+Design Bootcamp is especially relevant to K-20 educators and school leaders (widely defined) who have some familiarity with design thinking but are ready to learn and practice human-centered design in greater depth in their leadership and school change efforts, and/or explore how design thinking approaches might deepen their school's connection to the local community.
Bootcamps are open to curious souls serving in all different roles, including:
*Graduate students of education
* University Professors
* K-12 Teacher Leaders
* Department Chairs
* District Curriculum and Innovation Officers
*Division Directors and Deans
* Heads of School/Principals/Assistant Principals
* School teams that are interested in organizational change and innovation
Having participants from different institutions 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. We can offer discounts for groups of 3 or more attending from the same school. Contact us for more information.
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Target Performance Hall
1101 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Thursday-Friday, March 29-30
8:30am-4:00pm (with optional but encouraged happy hour Thursday 4:00-5:30pm)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please plan to attend the full duration of the workshop on both days. This is an intensive, hands-on experience from start to finish, and you won't want to miss any of it!
We are excited to be able to partner with Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute for this bootcamp, to engage our participants in the community and tackle a big, thorny problem for which the organization can use some thought partnership. MOI is working towards becoming affiliated with Dave Eggers's 826 National network. We can't wait to take a "deep dive" with them into our collaborative design challenge!
$499 includes two intensive days of programming, all materials, breakfast and lunch both days, and some happy hour happiness.
The fee does not include lodging. If you are coming in from out of town, there are two affordable hotels within walking distance, Radisson RED and Aloft Minneapolis, in addition to other hotel and Airbnb options in downtown Minneapolis.
Scholarships are available; please contact us for more information.
Many thanks to our past and current industry partners and guest speakers including:
RiNo Art District
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.