HFLI Summer 2019 Design Thinking Workshops for Educators

DETROIT, MICH. and SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 11, 2019 – Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), an early and experienced implementer of design thinking in education, released details of its summer professional development series in Detroit, Michigan and San Antonio, Texas.


97% of past workshop participants would recommend the experience to a colleague.
97% of past HFLI workshop participants would recommend the experience to a colleague.

HFLI describes design thinking as a collection of mindsets and methods that allow people to creatively explore problems, then reframe and act on them. It involves action, or “design doing,” as well as thinking. These approaches go back decades and draw from the work of systems thinkers, psychologists, anthropologists, design researchers, architects, and scientists, among others.


“We find design thinking to be a messy, rich, powerful process that compels deeper student learning and develops stronger schools,” said Deborah Parizek, Executive Director of Henry Ford Learning Institute. “Many professional development programs for human-centered design are online, without sustained human interactions. Online learning can be valuable; however, if it’s the only design thinking PD an educator experiences, the result will be a surface understanding and underdeveloped capacity to implement design thinking for impact.”


Registration is underway for the following:


Design Thinking for Deeper Student Learning

Detroit: July 22-24

San Antonio: August 5-7

A 3-day experience that provides K-20 educators with an in-depth introduction to design thinking and how it can be used to engage students in meaningful thinking, learning and doing. Using an immersive learning approach, participants will develop key skills and gain access to a comprehensive set of instructional tools and materials.


Design Thinking for Stronger Schools

Detroit: July  25-26

San Antonio: August  8-9

A 2-day experience for school leaders and transformational educators who want to use design thinking to address a specific challenge and enact change in their schools, build complementary skills (systems thinking, rapid prototyping, change management), and work collaboratively.


For 10 years, HFLI has brought educators together to learn about design thinking with and from each other, trying it out together in a supportive space. Participants take away a range of design thinking tools and curricula to implement in their own setting. 97% of past participants would recommend the experience to a colleague.


Register now and take advantage of Early Bird pricing. To learn about group discounts or substantial scholarships for educators from Title I schools, contact HFLI at designthinking@hfli.org.


About Henry Ford Learning Institute

Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI) is a non-profit organization that is redesigning how we learn and lead. Founded in 2003 by The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company Fund, HFLI provides workshops, programs and site coaching that pair effective education and human-centered design approaches, empowering learners to lead transformational change in, with and for their community. HFLI has directly served more than 10,000 adults and youth in K-20 education, workplace initiatives and out-of-school programs over the past three years. For more information, visit www.hfli.org, or join us on Facebook @Henry.Ford.Learning.Institute and Twitter @hfli.

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