By Nikki Wallace, XTH Biology Teacher & Science Department Chair
I just returned from the Stanford University d.school’s world renowned Discover Design Thinking, a three-day bootcamp for teachers and school leaders. Sixty educators from all over the U.S. and even from as far away as Japan, Australia, Mozambique, Israel, and Great Britain gathered to build creative confidence and equity awareness to take back to their schools. The workshop allowed participants to dive deeply into the process of design thinking — a human-centered design process — by tackling real world problems.
The workshop itself was centered around two design challenges, one of which was to redesign “The Weeknight Dinner Experience” — a challenge every parent can relate to! We were taught to notice and reflect on our own identity and the bias we each bring to a project. We dove into empathy mapping and talked about what type of projects are appropriate for design thinking. It was great to connect with like-minded educators, and develop a plan for bringing the process and mindsets of design thinking back to Crosstown High in a more robust way. I am eager to share all I learned with my students and team back at Crosstown High!