design thinking


Building Stronger Innovation-Minded Educators with The Teachers Guild

IDEO’s Teachers Guild is an open, collaborative platform that engages educators in design thinking, with the goal of inspiring new and creative ideas for school communities. Within the site, ideas are built in response to a challenge question posed by hosts, as users move through each of the phases of the design process while working on their ideas.

Personalized Learning

Introducing and Deepening Design Thinking with Teacher Leaders

Design thinking has helped me tremendously in understanding how to deeply probe multiple perspectives and causes in a situation and/or problem before tackling it - a valuable skill for leadership and inclusivity. That's why I led two design thinking workshops at this year's ECET2-Puget Sound.


SXSWedu: Design Thinking, Learning, and Teaching

By: Moss Pike. Thanks to the mutual exchange of ideas at SXSWedu, more educators are starting to embrace the possibilities and new thinking that entrepreneurs can add to the conversation, in taking on more of a design mindset.

Project-Based Learning

The “Hack” Mindset for School-Wide Change

By Sally Madsen. Sally shares the comfort IDEO and Stanford’s have with systemic challenges that call for organizational change and culture change. Just like designing a product, where a team creates dozens of small, quick and cheap prototypes on the path to developing the optimal product, a nimble and iterative approach is also the most effective way to create meaningful change in an organization.

Personalized Learning

Design Thinking: A Human-Centered Approach to Innovation in Education

By: Sandy Speicher. We tend to think first about the needs of the system and create solutions from there. But what if we looked first to the needs of people, and then designed ways the system could meet its goals by serving these needs? This is the heart of how design thinking gets to innovative solutions.

Ed Policy

Improvement vs. Innovation

Improvement is playing for singles and doubles. Innovation in swinging for the fences. EdLeaders need to lead community conversations that create the right balance of the two.

Personalized Learning

Design Thinking in Schools: An Emerging Movement Building Creative Confidence in our Youth

As we help today’s students build their foundation of core academic knowledge and skills, we also need to look at the ways we are helping our youth build their confidence in their abilities to create. From name badges to state economies, we need our youth to know that they can empathically and intelligently shape the world. We need to help them develop the tools to create change.