Why Design Thinking?
Design thinking taps into capacities that we all possess, but tend to be overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. It brings a human-centered approach to how we look at problems, and enables us to focus on the experiences that we want to create.
How Does It Work?
The TD4Ed Curriculum consists of six phases — each with a distinct yet flexible set of methods and activities that are designed to build upon one another.
Seeing a problem as an opportunity for change
Building a deeper understanding about the challenge
Making sense of what you are learning
Brainstorm and develop new ideas
Testing ways to implement your ideas
Grow your solution and personal journey
What's the Process?
To start a project, teams of three to five teachers use the TD4Ed design thinking curriculum to tackle a challenge they’re facing. The journey includes an online curriculum and in-person collaborative teamwork to take teachers through six phases that build upon one another.
Teams use hands-on activities in each phase that tap into creative problem-solving skills in order to solve their chosen design challenge. Along the way, they record their process and learnings to form a story that they can share with others, including administrators, the public, and other teachers.
Teams will be in the driver’s seat to use their know-how and expertise to transform everything — from classroom activities and pedagogies to professional development and education policy. Through this curriculum, educators will tap into skills they already have and build new competencies to identify challenges, generate new ideas, and implement solutions.