Innovation Projects

GROW A CULTURE OF INNOVATION WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL

As we build awareness that school systems are complex, human-centered environments that are actively designed, we continue to see the desire to equip school leaders with the tools that are more frequently leveraged by designers in the corporate and social sectors. 

Learn how to leverage design thinking to create a culture of innovation in your school and equip yourself with the tools and mindsets needed to question the status quo, develop bold ideas, and inspire your faculty to take smart risks to create the best possible outcomes for students.

Whether you are a teacher creating curriculum and shifting the way teachers teach and students learn or you are a school or district leader seeking to use design to address challenges in your school or district, Innovation Projects are designed to support in-depth work with the design thinking process.

  • INTENDED OUTCOMES

Participants will learn the methods and mindsets of the design process while working on real and meaningful work as a team.

Innovation Projects not only tackle a messy, human-centered challenge at your school, they also build creative capacity in your team by cultivating a sense of confidence in their creative abilities and a toolkit to support creative problem-solving.,


Examples of Current Projects

  • BUILDING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION AT DAVID DOUGLAS’ FRESHMAN ACADEMY

David Douglas HS Freshman Academy Teachers are re-imagining the Freshman Academy by co-creating cross-disciplinary design challenges.

  • INFUSING THE “HACK” MINDSET WITHIN OREGON CITY DISTRICT LEADERS AS A FIRST STEP TO STRATEGIC PLANNING

Oregon City School District brings the hack mindset and creative capacity to the cabinet level through design-based training that lays the groundwork for a human-centered approach to strategic planning. The cabinet is also excited to support their principals as they hack their way to creating deeper learning experience for every student.  


HOW TO ENGAGE

Are you a District or School Leader interested in bringing an Innovation Project to your school? Great! Please contact us to schedule an exploratory meeting. We are happy to answer any questions you have.

Are you a funder interested in supporting this work? We would love to talk with you.