CAIS Commission on Professional Development

The current issue (Spring 2012) of Independent School magazine includes an article about the appearance of Design Thinking in independent schools, titled “An Experience of Yes”.

As many of you on the commission know, I’ve been running the design thinking program at IDS for about a year and a half now (including the launching of NEDS), and so the article was deeply interesting to me.  I found the summary of what design thinking is to be quite helpful, so I encourage you to read about that, with that in mind.  Yet the article stumbles on the questions of how to implement design thinking in schools and classrooms loom large as problems in the article.

Kim Saxe of Nueva School makes a major appearance in the article, as does David Kelley of the Stanford and IDEO.  The Resources for Schools and Teachers bibliography mentions the Design Thinking…

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