HFLI Summer 2015 Reflection


There’s a myth that K-12 education
takes a break over the summer.


At Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), we are inspired by educators, students and other learners who use this time to re-charge by exploring something new and planning for a brighter future.

2015 Grad

In June, 315 students graduated from a Henry Ford Academy. 100% of those graduates were accepted to college and nearly all completed the Senior Mastery Process, our signature workplace learning experience. They were offered a total of more than $8.33 million in scholarships/grants. As these graduates head to college, we’d like to thank our partners, colleagues, and friends for all you have done to ensure that these graduates will be successful in college, career and life.



Well before summer started, our team began to prepare to serve nearly 1,900 students and 175 staff members at four Henry Ford Academies during the 2015-2016 school year, with a focus on strengthening the alignment of people and organizational systems with each school’s mission, vision, and values to ensure academic and personal success for each of our students.

In June, July and August more than 120 educators from Metro Detroit, the state of Michigan, and across the country will have joined us for Design Thinking workshops in Detroit. Dr. Kaleb Rashad, a San Diego principal and workshop participant, tweeted “Thank you ‪@HFLI & colleagues for the amazing collaborative, generative & deep design thinking experiences…Tired, exhausted, thrilled.”

Ford NGL STEM Detroit Academies Workshop

One of the workshops included educators from five Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) Detroit STEM Academies. Ford Motor Company, through Ford NGL, is building a network of STEM-themed career academies to strengthen its talent pipeline. Ford NGL is partnering with HFLI to implement Design Thinking across the network.

HFLI logo

We’ve also unveiled a new brand identity that reflects our organization’s evolving strategic focus, which is to imagine, design and deliver programs to help people become more creative and innovative in how they think and learn – in schools, communities and workplaces. Our new brand identity is incorporated across all of HFLI’s communications channels. We hope you will visit our newly re-launched web site – www.hfli.org – and share your feedback.

Our new symbol (or “logo”) is optimistic, with a contemporary look and feel. First seen as a collection of shapes, the icon represents objects for learning and also the letters that comprise the HFLI acronym.

That optimism is something we embrace as an organization. If the activities we’ve engaged in and the lives we’ve touched over the summer are any indication, we are indeed working towards a brighter future together.

high five

Again, we thank our partners, colleagues, and friends for your support and collaboration in helping HFLI find new and better ways to empower young innovators and resourceful learners with the tools, skills and capacity to empathize, ideate, create and adapt as contributing members of thriving schools, communities, and workplaces.

Deborah Parizek
Executive Director
Henry Ford Learning Institute

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