By: K12 Lab Network

With only a few months separating us from the summer, we put a call to our network and pulled together a host of opportunities to leap into learning as we head into the summer of 2017.

K12 Lab Offerings

Design the Future, Palo Alto, CA

Design the Future is a week long, fully immersive design thinking summer program for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders in which students work to design solutions to real problems faced by individuals with physical disabilities. At the end of the one week program, each student group will present its final design and high resolution prototype during a media attended presentation. Students should expect to walk away from the course with an understanding of how they might tangibly improve the world around them having just contributed directly to the improvement of the lives of others. Design the Future runs June 19-25. Apply here.

Project Wayfinder Educator Training, Palo Alto, CA

Project Wayfinder is excited to announce our inaugural educator training. During the 4-day workshop we will be introducing administrators and teachers to our set of Tools and Resources. These tools are designed to be used in high school advisory to augment existing curricula or provide a basis for new advisory programs. Our tools and products are inspired from the Polynesian Wayfinding tradition – helping students become wayfinders on their own meaningful journeys through life. This will be a deeply immersive and transformative experience for educators – not just a “how to.” It is open to high school educators including advisory teachers, administrators, school leaders, and counselors and runs June 22-25Read more here. 

K12 Lab Network & Good Shepherd Episcopal School Workshop, Dallas, TX

As firm believers in the power of a good collaboration, we are excited to announce our summer offering with the Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas. We’ll be running two engagements this summer, a two-day deep dive on June 26-27 and an introductory experience June 28-30Apply here.

Discover Design Thinking, Palo Alto, CA

This introductory workshop is a 2-day deep dive into design thinking igniting the creative confidence in educators. Participants will have the opportunity to build their design thinking skills, connect with like-minded educators, and become part of the K12 Lab Network community. We ask that every applicant apply with at least one collaborator from his/her school site and that each individual completes his/her own application. There is no cost to those admitted, but you must pay your own transportation and lodging. Breakfast and lunch are included both days, August 4-5. Apply here.

Offerings from the Network

Global edLeadership Summit, Bangkok, Thailand

This unique conference brings together schools from around the world that have already implemented substantial systemic change to one or more area of the traditional educational model and offers them opportunities to share challenges, mistakes, surprises and lessons. Our very own director Susie Wise will facilitate a one-day immersive on April 20th. The summit runs April 20-22. Learn more and apply here.

FUSE17, Atlanta, GA

Fuse is a total-immersion experience in design thinking. The Mt. Vernon Institute for Innovation gathers educators, business leaders, social innovators, change agents and dreamers to make an impact while learning more deeply as design thinkers. Fuse is an experience where participants learn design by doing and bring about positive change to their community, and runs June 14-16. Register here.

The Nueva School’s Design Thinking Institute, San Mateo, CA

For nine years, The Nueva School has pioneered the teaching of design thinking to students by creating hands-on, project-based design thinking curricula. This workshop will enable you and your teams to efficiently create projects that will foster your students’ design thinking skills, preparing them for the future. Workshop dates are June 20-23 or June 27-30. Apply here.

Field Guide: A Design Thinking Experience, Bethel, ME

This June, unplug and boost your design thinking abilities with coaching from the best in the field at Field Guide. Field Guide is a four-day program to learn the fundamentals of design thinking through hands-on teamwork, dynamic lectures, and relevant exercises taught by experts-in-the-field. Expect to learn concrete strategies to foster design thinking abilities in your organization, practice new skills with a 5:1 participant-to-guide ratio, understand the mindset of a successful design thinker and enjoy an all-inclusive conference with meals, lodging, and activities. Field Guide will be held in Bethel, Maine from June 27-30. Register here.

Henry Ford Learning Institute Summer Workshops, Detroit, MI & San Antonio, TX

The HFLI will be offering three-day introductory educator workshops this summer in Detroit, MI and San Antonio, TX. They will also be running two-day workshop for experienced design thinking practitioners.

  • Intro to Design Thinking, Detroit, MI. July 12-14Apply here
  • Intro to Design Thinking, San Antonio, TX. August 7-9Apply here.
  • Innovation Collaborative for Design Thinking, Detroit, MI. July 17-18Apply here.

HFLI is also launching Innovation Leaders, a two-day workshop for school leaders and transformational educators to build skills and work collaboratively to identify opportunities for change in their schools and to design small-scale, implementable prototypes that have the potential to lead to big-scale change. July 20-21. Learn more and apply here.


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