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The K12 Lab is pleased to offer Discover Design Thinking, an introduction to design thinking for teachers and school leaders. The purpose of the workshop is to help educators build creative confidence and equity awareness that can be applied upon return to their local contexts. This three-day intensive workshop offers participants the opportunity to: learn design thinking by tackling a real world problem, connect with like-minded educators from across our network, apply high-quality resources, and develop a plan for how to implement the process and mindsets of design thinking in their local context.

Workshop participants will hit the ground running with a real-world innovation challenge. Using design thinking as an innovative framework, attendees will experiment with new tools through two hands-on challenges. Between lively activities and exercises, facilitators will tie in moments of reflection for participants to collect, process, and share learning with teammates. By the workshop’s close, we expect all attendees to leave with an understanding of the key tenets of design thinking and spend a full day transferring what they learned to their classrooms, schools, and beyond.

The arc of Discover Design Thinking is best suited to K-12 school-based educators with limited-to-no experience with design thinking. Since this program is designed to be an introduction to the design process and mindsets, experienced design educators should consider applying to another program. We offer this program four times a year.

Through the generosity of the General Motors Foundation and in-kind support from Stanford, we are able to keep the cost of Discover Design Thinking relatively low for educators.  To make the workshop as accessible as possible, we offer admission under three tiers:

  • Tuition 750
  • Discounted Tuition Determined based on need
  • Tuition Waiver Free

We recognize that the cost of getting to Stanford and staying in the area can be prohibitive for some educators, so we also offer a limited travel stipend to help cover travel and lodging for educators who would otherwise be unable to attend.  Requests for scholarship and travel stipends are included in the application itself and are determined on an individual basis. We take into account financial need, potential for impact, and access to opportunity, as well as overall cohort diversity.

Our tuition waiver program aims to serve K-12 educators who serve a large population of students on the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program, and have limited access to professional development funds.

Please direct any questions to K12@dschool.stanford.edu with the subject Discover Design Thinking.



Application closed 7/30


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JUNE 2019 Discover Design Thinking

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August 2019 Discover Design Thinking

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