Intro to Design Thinking for Educators – Detroit MI

This 3-day workshop provides an in-depth, experiential introduction to Design Thinking and how it can be used to engage students in challenging projects that foster innovation and creative confidence.

Participants have the opportunity to:

  • experience a design challenge
  • practice facilitating part of the design process
  • review and work with HFLI’s Design Thinking curriculum materials, including our one-semester course, Foundations of Innovation
  • attend conversations on a variety of topics related to implementing Design Thinking in schools, and
  • network with like-minded educators

Your fee for Intro to Design Thinking for Educators includes the workshop, materials, and breakfast/lunch/snack on all three days of the session. Limited spots are available. Register by April 30, 2017 to receive our early bird discount!

Register for Intro to Design Thinking for Educators

Plan Your Visit

Our Detroit summer workshops will be held at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, a public school in a public space at the College for Creative Studies’ award-winning Taubman Center for Design Education. HFA: SCS is located at 485 W. Milwaukee, Detroit MI 48202.

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Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies

485 W. Milwaukee

Detroit, MI 48202

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Walk the newly transformed Detroit Riverfront or take a Princess Cruise.

Hit Comerica Park to see the Detroit Tigers.

Hit The Ground Running

For participants in the Intro to Design Thinking for Educators – Detroit MI workshop, please review the materials below prior to the workshop

Review Chapter 1 of the book “The Art of Innovation” by Tom Kelly, brother to David Kelly, the founder of IDEO. The first chapter discusses the shopping cart re-design, as a way to illustrate the important principle IDEO uses in its process. Use this reading to understand the goal of a “deep dive,” the importance of user-centered design in innovation, and different practices that support the principles of innovation.


Read “Creating Innovators: Why America’s Education System is Obsolete,” in which Tony Wagner makes the case that Innovation and Creativity skills can and should be taught, are key for improving our economy, and require a different approach to education. Forbes Magazine, 4/25/12.