HFLI has a diverse lineup of upcoming opportunities that we hope will inspire new ways of learning, leading and teaching. Watch this space for more opportunities!

Adaptive Leadership Through Storms

Detroit/Dearborn MI | Multiple Dates April – August 2023

Six diverse teams- each made up of 2-5 leaders from a small nonprofit that serves young people in Detroit – will have the opportunity to build skills and capacity to address an identified immediate challenge, as well as those which continue to arise. Through their participation, teams will receive $5,000 to enact their project. Made possible by The Skillman Foundation. To learn more and complete the interest form (by March 17, 2023) visit
Spots are limited.

Design Thinking for Deeper Student Learning

@The Henry Ford Museum | Dearborn MI | July 26-28, 2023

This three-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.

Allies for Radical Collaboration

@The Henry Ford Museum | Dearborn MI | August 1-3, 2023

Plus, seven monthly remote follow-on meetups

This immersive series is for white educators who lead, love, and nurture students from diverse backgrounds. Developed collaboratively by HFLI and Black Male Educators Alliance with the support of The Skillman Foundation, our second cohort’s journey will include learning how to intentionally plan, develop and implement culturally responsive practices that support deep and meaningful learning experiences for their students. Our time together includes both in-person learning August 1-3, and remote meetups in each of the following seven months – a structure intended to support the needs of educators not only from lower Michigan, but across the country. To express your interest or learn more, email us at Spots are limited.

Michigan Teacher Retention Design Challenge

@Kent ISD | Grand Rapids MI | March 15-16, 2023

Join HFLI and Education Elements for a two-day human-centered design challenge to develop targeted solution ideas that help schools and districts empower and more effectively engage educators — increasing the likelihood of retention and job satisfaction. Participants will leave with a tangible solution idea and actionable steps for feedback and further development.

Design challenges are team sports, so we encourage your district to bring at least three individuals to participate in the process. If you’re wondering who to include, think variety: teachers, school leaders, district administrators, HR professionals – the more perspectives, the better.

Here's what educators are saying
about our workshops

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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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I like the fact that it was something I could use.
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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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