HFLI welcomes Diala Lteif, who joins us on August 25, 2016 for a week-long project through a Fulbright Alumni Development grant. During her visit, she will provide input and guidance for updating our Senior Mastery Process to include the tools, strategies and mindsets HFLI has created to help learners develop an orientation of innovation. She will work with school administrators, students, teachers, and staff at HFLI to help refine the program.
Diala is an information and process designer with experience in visualization, workshop facilitation, and field research. Her interests orbit around design-led research, participatory methods, systems thinking and storytelling, all tools she uses to address pressing social issues and complex problems. She has an MFA in transdisciplinary Design from Parsons the New School for Design and is a Fulbright scholar.
She is currently deputy director of the design department at A.L.B.A (Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts) and a board member of the MENA Design Research Center-organizers of the Beirut Design Week. She is also a design trainer/facilitator who introduces design thinking methodologies through interactive hands-on workshops.
The Senior Mastery Process was initially developed by Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Mich., in 1999, and is based on the belief that students must have opportunities to link what they are learning in school to the real world. Its primary purpose is to provide high school students with an immersive learning experience within a career path of personal interest so they can make informed decisions about post-secondary learning plans. Further, this comprehensive capstone program addresses and evaluates student accomplishment in the Five Developmental Areas (Academic Content, Thinking & Learning, Technology, Communication, Personal Development) and promotes significant growth in workforce readiness soft skills. Today it is a signature program and graduation requirement for all Henry Ford Academies, but it does not explicitly incorporate our evolving model for developing innovative thinkers.
Diala’s expertise in design strategy combined with her experience working in schools is an excellent match for this particular project and will help us empower high school students in our urban public schools in both Detroit and San Antonio with an orientation of innovation that they’ll use throughout their lives and careers.