Design Thinking for Deeper Student Learning

Educating K12 and college students for a world that holds unpredictable challenges and ever-changing needs is both inspiring and demanding. Design thinking promotes critical thinking, creative problem solving and an approach to learning that helps us develop our students to meet that future in our classrooms today.

July 17 – 19, 2024 at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation  |  $399 per person  |  +$75 optional certification  |  Register on Eventbrite

Design Thinking for Deeper Student Learning Workshop

HFLI’s 3-day immersive workshop is designed to introduce educators from all disciplines to design thinking tools and methods they can use to create and facilitate powerful and equitable learning experiences for their students. Working individually and in small teams, participants will work on a specific, community-connected challenge to gain knowledge, skills, and experience with design thinking. They will also explore available resources, join topic-specific “table talks,” and develop a plan of action they can bring back to their home school for immediate benefit.
Designed for educators new to design thinking, this workshop provides the opportunity to:
  • Learn the principles, methods, and mindsets of design thinking and Deeper Learning By Doing®
  • Collaborate on a deep dive design challenge that includes fieldwork in the community
  • Explore ways to build design thinking and Deeper Learning by Doing® into classroom or school activities and extended projects
  • Engage one-on-one with HFLI’s expert coaches to develop challenge-as-opportunity lessons and project plans for students or colleagues
  • Gain access to HFLI’s comprehensive set of ready-to-use curricula and resources
  • Build connections with like-minded educators committed to providing equitable learning opportunities for all students and educators
  • Earn an HFLI Design Thinking Level 2 Certification (optional, additional $75)
HFLI Level Two Design Thinking Certification

HFLI Certification is an earned credential demonstrating that the recipient has a specific level of knowledge and proficiency in design thinking and Deeper Learning by Doing®. 

To earn the optional HFLI Level 2 Certification you must register and pay the additional fee, participate in the entirety of the workshop’s activities, design and implement a Personal Action Plan and complete a reflection on the process.

HFLI’s approach, Deeper Learning By Doing®, brings design thinking together with high leverage instructional practices and culturally responsive principles to form an approach to learning, teaching and leading that advances equity and empowerment.

Design Thinking for Deeper Student Learning

The 3-day immersive workshop runs approximately 9am – 4am each day. Your fee includes the selected workshop, materials, and breakfast/lunch/snack. 

If you have a group of 5 or more, contact for special pricing. Limited spots are available – register on Eventbrite today!

Here's what educators are saying
about our workshops

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I enjoyed the approach where we were the learner first, and we were able to experience design thinking from the student perspective and build empathy for how they might feel going through this process.
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This was one of the best workshops I have attended. I love how our ideas in the museum challenge were valued and felt like we might have an impact on the museum.
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Now knowing how to navigate the steps of design thinking, I can’t wait to explore how it fits into various parts of my class and curriculum!
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Awesome. No time wasted. We used every second of the day, each day.
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You really brought in actionable ways to bridge the social-emotional learning gaps.
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Wonderful workshop! I really enjoyed the laid-back feel and the professional ways our ideas were honored and questions were immediately addressed with care and genuine consideration.
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This process will be really useful for helping to teach students how to think creatively and research effectively.
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I like how the workshop went back and forth between concrete examples of how to use the process, then gave us the opportunity to engage in practicing the techniques.
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This will help get students more involved in their learning, taking ownership of their work, and building teamwork between students.

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