Newsletter: Opportunity’s Knocking

January 2018 Newsletter

CollaborationNew Year, New Opportunities for Educators
This summer we will offer even more Design Thinking workshops for K-20 educators! With a series of three workshops in both Detroit (July) and San Antonio (August), there’s one that’s a great fit for you.

Why should you participate? A recent WISE + IDEO report on K-12 education drew three key conclusions:
1. Design Thinking can be used to fundamentally reimagine school models and systems; 2. Design Thinking supports change in school culture by transforming how educators work together; and 3. Design Thinking encourages student development of 21st century skills.

How are our workshops different? Every HFLI learning experience is an expression of our paired education expertise and design skills. It’s our thoughtful approach. The dynamic learning environments we create. And the high-quality tools and resources we make available to our attendees. 97% of participants in last summer’s workshops would recommend the experience to a colleague or friend.

New this year: if you have a group of 5 or more people who want to attend the same session, contact us at to learn about our group discount.

Visit our workshops registration page to learn more and take advantage of early bird pricing.


EntrepreneurshipDetroit-area Teens: Design Your Impact!

Encourage the high school student(s) in your life to apply now for an upcoming HFLI JumpStart.

This out-of-school program empowers young people to take charge of the impact they want to create for themselves and for others — it’s a dynamic learning experience that features the new Ford STEAM Lab curriculum and a “hackathon” learning environment.

Through work in teams and alongside mentors who are entrepreneurs and social innovators, youth gain in-demand skills and mindsets that position them as emerging change makers in school, at work, and for their community.

Learn more about our upcoming sessions: February 16-18, 2018 – Participants attend at no cost thanks to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. February 23-25, 2018 – Participants attend at no cost thanks the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan via the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation Fund.


Design Thinking Job Opening: Design Thinking Coordinator

Our new teammate is out there somewhere. Will you help us fill this critical position?

Three BIG things our new Design Thinking Program Coordinator must possess:
1. Design Thinking expertise
2. Success in managing programs
3. Experience working with adult learners

As you read the job posting, whose name comes to mind? Take a moment and send the opportunity to them!




Larry’s Legacy
Larry Holliday, HFLI’s Senior Director of Programs of Impact, retired in December after 20 years with Henry Ford Academies and HFLI.

As he invests time in other passion projects, hits the links and spends more time with his beautiful family, we will dearly miss our friend and colleague. We are ever-grateful for his “kids first” mindset and relentless dedication to providing progressive educational opportunities for youth.



Contributing to a Dynamic, Shared Vision for the Community
On January 20th, Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design was the host site for — and an active participant in — a community charrette to help make Houston Street a destination for San Antonio residents and visitors alike.
HFA: Alameda School is located on this brick-lined street, in the heart of the downtown, adjacent to the historic Alameda Theater.  The community charrette was hosted by Centro San Antonio in partnership with AIA San Antonio and ULI San Antonio.



Join Us in Napa Valley March 27 & 28
The Patterns of Innovation conference – powered by P21 – brings together more than 400 educators from around the world to Napa to develop and share effective practices in 21st century teaching and learning.

Through an extended workshop with segments across two days, HFLI will provide attendees with the opportunity to build skills and work collaboratively to identify opportunities for change in their schools and to design small-scale, implementable prototypes that have the potential to lead to big-scale change.

In a 75-minute session, HFLI will also help attendees explore traits that exemplify a strong P21 school and reflect on their own contexts – what’s working, what’s not, and why. Pairs will work together develop initial roadmaps and generate ways to do better, go deeper or move forward.

And finally, our Lunch & Learn will be a unique opportunity for all attendees to learn how they can participate in the pilot of the new Ford STEAM Lab blended learning digital curriculum.

Consider joining us for a session (or two, or three!) — or let’s connect for a cup of coffee. Contact Lisa Kreinbring at to sync up schedules.


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