By: K12 Lab Network

Design, prototype, and test new ways of creating equitable access to emerging technologies and prepare students for the world they will inherit. Collaborate with colleagues in higher education and K-12.

Be a part of a small team of education designers with a deep commitment to equity, and the opportunity and responsibility to think radically about how to address inequity.

Learn from colleagues across the d.school and beyond.

The fellowship will run for three-months starting by mid-September and concluding in December. The fellow will be a full-time employee of Stanford for the duration of the fellowship.

Apply

To apply for this role, please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, design work sample, writing sample, and an additional work sample in any medium that shows the essence of what you bring to the world (personal website, portfolio, publication, program design, other...) to the K12 team via email by July 15th, 2019: K12@dschool.stanford.edu.

The d.school is committed to welcoming and supporting a diverse community of learners, teachers, and doers. As such, people with personal or professional experience as part of communities of color and underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to be in touch.

The K12 Lab has been on a journey to improve the current and future lives of students by investigating areas within education that are ripe for design work. One of our early questions was: How might we influence and utilize emerging technologies in K-12 education? This question led us to a discovery phase where we engaged in research, identified leading thought partners in the field, read (a ton), and engaged our local education community in design sessions. We learned a lot. And of course we emerged with new questions. Our Education Futurist Fellowship aims to take these insights and questions, and turn them into actionable ideas.

The Education Futurist Fellowship is a three- month program aimed at prototyping and testing ideas to improve the future of education. Our fellow will explore:

How might we provide radical access to emerging technologies and the skills needed for a machined learning future?

Our Education Futurist Fellow will combine the insights we gleaned in our discovery phase with their own expertise and experience to create a series of prototypes that can be tested within the education community. The fellow will be good at creating, sharing, and iterating on their design work such that by the close of the fellowship we will have high-fidelity prototypes that are ready to launch into the world.

The K12 Lab is a catalyst for creative confidence in the elementary and secondary education sectors. Through workshops, fellowships, and sharing open source tools, we teach using immersive real-world projects where creative problem-solving matters most. We aim to obliterate opportunity gaps in K-12 education by experimenting with new models and sharing design approaches with stakeholders in the K-12 sector. We make ideas happen.

The Education Futurist Fellow will...

Move from insight to action

Examine and interrogate the synthesized insights discovered in the early stages of discovery.

Ideate potential design solutions to meet the needs of educators and students.

Prototype + Test

Build and co-design prototypes (materials, resources, tools, experiences, etc.) with educators and students.

Test prototypes with educators and students, with a focus on understanding culture and power

dynamics, and engaging historically marginalized groups.

Document + Engage

Codify the fellowship learning process by documenting ongoing design work and insights gained.

Design and facilitate opportunities for community engagement.

Engage the K12 Lab staff and d.school community in the iterative process of design

Have a bias toward creation

We are looking for individuals who can spend three months with us building and testing radical prototypes.

Individuals who have a bias toward action and know how to jump in and start prototyping.

Have a bias toward equity and inclusion

Individuals who know how to actively seek collaborators from historically marginalized groups to co-design and test materials, tools, and learning experiences.

Individuals willing to engage the K12 Lab team and others to interrogate tools and materials through the lens of equity, inclusion, and social justice.

What we are looking for...

Individuals who have extensive experience in some aspect(s) implementing emerging technology within K12 education classrooms.

Individuals with design skills in prototyping, testing, and synthesizing learning with a broad spectrum of people.

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