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Reinventing schools applying design thinking

  1. 1. EDjewCON 5772.0 April 30, 2012REINVENTING SCHOOL: APPLYING DESIGN THINKING Jonathan Woocher 070511SMR © JESNA 2011
  2. 2. Jewish Education in a Time of Change• Success of assimilation• Diversity• Hybrid, fluid identities• The “sovereign self”• Prosumerism• Declining loyalty to institutions• Simultaneous divergent developments• The pace of life and the rapidity of change• Technology as an accelerant 070511SMR © JESNA 2011
  3. 3. Design Thinking for Educators*Design thinking is a mindset for creating new solutions thatis:• Human-Centered• Collaborative• Experimental• Optimistic REAL VALUE = mix of tangible problem solving and abstract thinking* Based on IDEO Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit. IDEO is a global design firm with a human- centered design-based approach to help organizations in public & private sectors innovate & grow. 070511SMR © JESNA 2011
  4. 4. The Design Process• Discovery – I have a challenge. How do I approach it?• Interpretation – I learned something. How do I interpret it?• Ideation – I have an opportunity. What do I create?• Experimentation – I have an idea. How do I build it?• Evolution – I tried something new. How do I evaluate it? 070511SMR © JESNA 2011
  5. 5. Putting the Approach to WorkDiscovery: – What is a major learning challenge that your school faces today?Interpretation: – Describe your challenge from the perspective of – Students – Teachers – Parents – School administration – School leadership – The wider community – Summarize and organize your insights about the challenge – Frame opportunities: “How might we…?” 070511SMR © JESNA 2011
  6. 6. Putting the Approach to WorkIdeation:• Brainstorm ideas – Defer judgment. – Encourage wild ideas. – Build on the ideas of others. – Stay focused on topic. – One conversation at a time. – Be visual. – Go for quantity.• Select, imagine, and describe: what does your idea look like in practice? – A drawing, a mock-up, a role-play – then a concise description 070511SMR © JESNA 2011
  7. 7. Putting the Approach to Work• Experimentation: – Prototype – Test the idea in the real world – Get feedback• Evolution: – Continued testing, refinement, development 070511SMR © JESNA 2011
  8. 8. Lessons and Implications• Put learners and learning at the center – How does your school fit in their lives (observation)? – What are their needs, aspirations, constraints (empathy)? – Invite learners (and families) to be co-creators• Understand the ecosystem – Where does your school fit into the larger communal framework? – What value exchanges will you need in order to be successful?• Cultivate an experimental mindset – There are no once-and-for-all solutions – Cultivate feedback – Be willing to “fail forward” 070511SMR © JESNA 2011
  9. 9. Guiding Principles for 21st c. LearningLippman Kanfer Charlie Schwartz & New AmericanInstitute Russel Neiss Academy• Learner-centered • Open • Empowering• Relationship- • Remixable • Collaborative infused • Meaningful and • Transparent• Life-relevant relevant • Reflective • Community- building 070511SMR © JESNA 2011