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Design Thinking and Innovative Mindsets Institute

Lakewood, CO - Jun 11 8:00 am to Jun 15, 2018 4:30 pm

Price: more than $250

Organizations across the board -- industry, business and education -- are constantly seeking ways to be more innovative and challenge their tribe of people to take the organization to new heights. Make no mistake, schools are no different in this regard.

There are many ideologies built to make this drive for innovation a reality, but design thinking -- the vibrant and human-centered critical thinking framework built on empathy, risk-taking, creative ideation and many other strategies designed to leverage human capital -- is leading to transformational changes in many educational platforms.

This institute will support educators at every level of education to implement a culture of innovation and creative discovery in their learning environments. Whether you seek informed and empowered students in your school or classroom capable of solving problems with critical thinking, or staff that continually breathe life into an innovative school culture with a risk-taking mentality, this institute is built to leverage design thinking to its fullest.

Topics Covered:

  • The basic foundational elements of design thinking -- empathy, definition, ideation, prototyping and testing -- will be covered, discussed and explored for implementability.
  • How can a risk-taking mentality and a growth mindset lead to unique ideation and eventually to ideas that reshape the way your school operates?
  • Explore the ways that industry leaders are currently using the design thinking methodology to be more creative, and how this critical thinking framework will be invaluable to the future of all the students in your school or classroom.
  • How can your school and classroom culture become more supportive of the foundational elements of design thinking and empower all those who contribute to that culture to be comfortable with failure in service of innovative ideation?
  • What are some current challenges you face in your school or classroom and how can design thinking help you reimagine the way you choose to overcome those challenges?
  • This institute not only moves participants through the classic design thinking protocols, but also supports hardy exploration of targeted implementation strategies through innovative mindset pulse checks.

Who should attend this institute?

  • Any educator who is interested in learning more about design thinking and its relevance in education from professionals currently in the classroom, and who have seen the effective implementation of this methodology first-hand.
  • Instructional coaches seeking further knowledge on the subject, or just an introduction to the methodology, so they can educate their adult learners on the benefits of a design thinking mindset.
  • Administrators who want to bring a truly innovative culture to their school, a culture that is supportive of risk-taking and failing forward in the service of reshaping the way students learn and retain knowledge.
  • Teams of educators in schools who desire a change in their learning environment, and seek a new way of imagining what classroom and school culture looks like for their colleagues and students alike.
  • Industry and organizational leaders who are interested in working alongside schools and developing a culture of innovation and supportive risk-taking for their tribe of people.

Participants of this institute will leave with an in-depth understanding of the design thinking methodology, and how it can be implemented in learning environments to create a culture that leverages human capital as the key to innovation in their school or classroom.

If you’re interested in design thinking as either a novice or an expert in the field, then this institute is for you.

When: Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15, 8:00am-4:30pm

Where: 455 South Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 80226

Cost: $500/early bird pricing (through 12/31/17) and $625/per person regular pricing

Design Thinking and Innovative Mindsets Institute

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