#ECISLeadership 2020 Design Thinking to Maximize Outcomes

I was lucky enough to continue working with the good folks of ECIS, even in the middle of a pandemic. Below you will find my slideshow from my talk. Soon, I hope to include a series of videos to go along with the actual slideshow. Until then, enjoy the highlight and included video resources that I use most often when consulting and facilitating around the … Continue reading #ECISLeadership 2020 Design Thinking to Maximize Outcomes

Front End and Back End Design Thinking for School Improvement

I recently had the chance to talk to a colleague in another international school in another country where they have a part-time role with the title Community Experience Architect. What a title and what a statement about that school in their desire to be a forward thinking school. Let’s break down the title for a moment. Architect is sometimes shorthand for someone who has designed … Continue reading Front End and Back End Design Thinking for School Improvement

Sticky post

A Recipe to Exceed your Design Thinking Expectations (a story from Mumbai, India)

Ingredients: One teacher “spur/cheerleader” One outside “design guru” One teacher “unstoppable force” A pile of middle school kiddos A well-stocked design studio One and only one main goal A pinch of luck This is the story about how ASB Mumbai middle school students were able to make a mobile library in only one week. This is how a principal with a vision, a few veteran … Continue reading A Recipe to Exceed your Design Thinking Expectations (a story from Mumbai, India)

When to say “Why Not‽” To Be Daring On Your Campus with Design Thinking

This is Part II of the blog post “Asking Why? at you School Can be Dangerous” Daring to do something doesn’t mean knowing what to do I don’t have the answer about how to dare to do this in every school, each time. I only know to lean on a process, develop knowledge, to read, to surround myself with those interested in these big problems … Continue reading When to say “Why Not‽” To Be Daring On Your Campus with Design Thinking

Design thinking in education has a massive hole in it: the skills designers have.

This is not another article looking to take down a trend in education. No. This is a statement of how much further a great idea is still to come. Should Design Thinking, in capital letters, manage to survive the great pendulum of time and trends in education, then it needs itself to iterate. See, my call to a new universal design model as one example … Continue reading Design thinking in education has a massive hole in it: the skills designers have.

Step 4 of The Design Process: Develop Solutions (Prototyping)

In the schools I’ve worked and have been given real agency to make decisions, only a few meetings are usually set aside for the work of choosing a course of action and always the conclusion of this set of meetings has resulted a final decision. The stakes are high as everyone in the room knows one final answer will come out of those meetings and … Continue reading Step 4 of The Design Process: Develop Solutions (Prototyping)

Step 2 of The Design Process: Collecting Information

The second step in many design processes is to research, collect information, and to more deeply understand the internal product/system to be redeveloped. In education, that information can come in the form of achievement data, community surveys, classroom observations, anecdotal evidence and from meetings designed to try to organize information that relates to the the problem being addressed. This article will focus on collaboration and … Continue reading Step 2 of The Design Process: Collecting Information

Step 1 of The Design Process: Verification vs. Validation

Step One of The Design Process is to Define the Problem. Understanding and leveraging validation over verification may be a much greater tool to identifying the right problem to solve — more than even a focus on empathy.In fact, when working through the design process and design thinking on your campus, being careful and deliberate with verification and validation to ask the right question can … Continue reading Step 1 of The Design Process: Verification vs. Validation