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Designing Under Constraint

A Hands-on Workshop on Creative Problem Solving for Educators
Course Description: 

The designer’s toolkit is rich with problem solving approaches that apply across the spectrum of subject matters. In this workshop, you’ll learn about and experiment with these tools on challenges you face in your classrooms and schools, walking away with concrete applications for them in your teaching. As a cohort, you will share stories and tactics to expand your creative boundaries and explore different perspectives on your classrooms. And you’ll practice and hone your process for experimenting in limited time so your new tools can serve you throughout the year.

Keywords: design thinking, creative problem solving for teachers, design challenges, experimenting, design toolkit, classroom applications

Audience: Designed for teachers of all ages/grades exploring new tools to adopt in their practice Dates: June 13 - 17 & August 1 - 5; See Festival Schedule for times
Format of Course: In-person at Stanford University, part of the Stanford Teaching Festival Cost*: $550 - groups of 3+ paid by school, and international participants
$600 - individual
Units: 2 Status: Registration opens February 1

*Please note: The cost for this course includes parking, a light breakfast, lunch, and reception. This cost does not include lodging or transportation. Please see the Festival Location, Lodging, & Transportation page. 

Course Facilitators: 

Durell Coleman (June 13 - 17)is the founder of DC Design, a design firm that implements the design thinking process to solve problems all over the world. In his journey as a designer, Durell has collaborated with international non-profits, large tech companies, and small businesses to create products and services that solve the problems they face. Trained in mechanical engineering (B.S) and sustainable design (M.S.), he is a two-time alumnus of Stanford University and its famous Institute of Design at Stanford (the He teaches students from incredibly diverse backgrounds including refugees from Syria, Western Sahara, Palestine and Tibet, corporate executives from Sony, Hitachi, and Fuji Film and students at Stanford University and the International School of Asia in Karuizawa, Japan. He has designed products for villagers in Nicaragua, a freshwater storage system for an island community in Indonesia and is one of the subjects of the PBS documentary: Extreme by Design, which is currently being used as a design thinking teaching aid all over the world. 

Gabrielle Santa-Donato (August 1 - 5)is a deeply curious experience designer. She is currently a lecturer and fellow in the Life Design Lab at Stanford, helping students of all ages employ design tools and mindsets to figure out what they want to be when they grow up. Previously, she worked in many facets of education -- teaching in a low income charter school, researching risk, resilience and creativity in child development, assessing impact in education non-profits, and, more recently, building communities of diverse learners and coaching them to use design thinking to improve their teaching practice and face school challenges with the K12 Lab at The Stanford and The Design Gym in New York City and Chile.

Andrew Molina (June 13 - 17 & August 1 - 5),nicknamed “Mo” from his last name, is a graduating Masters student in Computer Science and an Experience Assistant at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the, where he helps facilitate pop-up design thinking courses and workshops, coach students on the design thinking process and execute design projects. He’s currently on a team working to make speech therapy more accessible to cleft-palate-surgery patients in Ecuador.