By: K12 Lab Network

As you begin to explore your summer learning, we’d like to share summer professional development opportunities for our program and network.

If you or your school have a learning experience you'd like us to share, please let us know by emailing

Discover Design Thinking, Shanghai, China

The K12 Lab has been training educators in design thinking for the past ten years at the Stanford and we are thrilled to announce that they will be hosting our first international design thinking program at Concordia this summer, catered to educators in the greater Asia-Pacific region.

The program will take place June 7–9, 2019. We will be offering one three-day experience with two separate tracks for participants to choose from: An Introduction to Design Thinking best suited for educators, and Multi-Stakeholder Design, suited for community partners in the non-profit sector. Register here.

3-Day Workshop, Dallas, TX

The K12 Lab is pleased to offer an introduction to design thinking for teachers and school leaders at Good Shepherd Epsicopal School. 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 a wide network, apply high-quality resources, and develop a plan for how to implement the process and mindsets of design thinking. Register here.

Design the Future, Stanford, CA

Design the Future is a week long, fully immersive design thinking summer program for rising 9th 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 will run three times at Stanford: June 17-22, June 24-29 and July 15-20 Apply here.

Project Wayfinder, San Anselmo, CA & Durham, NC

Designed at the, Project Wayfinder uses a wayfinding metaphor to equip students with tools and skills to create purposeful lives. The 2019 Wayfinder Summer Institutes will bring together educators from around the world for training to implement Project Wayfinder in the classroom.  

Educators will develop strategies to integrate social-emotional learning, project-based learning, design thinking and 21st Century Skills into schools and community programs. Wayfinder Summer Institutes are open to high school educators including advisers, administrators, counselors, teachers, coaches, and more. Register here.

West Coast Institute - San Anselmo, CA June 17-21, 2019

East Coast Institute - Durham, NC July 9-12, 2019

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