In addition to grounding their innovations in learning science and educational research, NGLC grant recipients are borrowing strategies from entrepreneurs, tech start-ups, Makerspace, and human-centered designers. NGLC has worked with design firm IDEO to introduce Design Thinking into the Breakthrough Models Incubator. Grant recipients are adopting principles introduced in The Lean Start-Up and partnering with the Stanford d.school.
Design Thinking is a creative but disciplined approach to the process of understanding a problem from the perspective of the end user—the student. With that understanding in mind, educators generate new ideas to solve the problem, prototype, test, and iterate for maximum student benefit. With Design Thinking, educators can make sure that next gen learning is truly student-centered.
Resources on Design Thinking
- Higher Ed
- Toolkit on Guided Pathways from Completion by Design, 2016
- September 2015. Authored by Sarah Luchs & Tom Vander Ark, and with support from NGLC staff and Getting Smart
- Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks, June 2015. Maps district implementation strategies being used to convert traditional systems into personalized, competency-based ones.
- by Bryan Setser of 2Revolutions & Holly Morris of NGLC, April 2015. A self-assessment on building a culture of innovation with examples and resources.
- 2-page at-a-glance brief of the design-thinking-based charter high school in Millbrae, CA
- 2Revolutions and The Learning Accelerator, Oct. 2014. Framework and self-assessment of the components of an innovation culture in education
- EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative brief on higher education's application of design thinking
- By FSG for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, this report focuses on continuous improvement process of innovation
- Images and philosophy of the design of the new high school's space, co-located in San Diego's Public Library
- A toolkit to create a campus-based event to engage your institution in dialogue about new models
- This toolkit from NGLC and iNACOL is for K-12 district, charter, and school leaders to use in the very early stages of conceptualizing and designing a next gen learning program, initiative, or school
Design Thinking Grant Recipients
K-12 Breakthrough Models
Using design thinking to create a highly personalized middle school model (Planning)
Project-based, mastery-paced, "no excuses" charter
Teacher-led school emphasizing both the arts and technology (Planning)
Innovation, design, & problem-solving are the cornerstones of this San Mateo Unified charter school
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K-12 Tech Innovation
Universal Design for Learning Literacy in Physics
- Grant Opportunities
- Assessment for Learning Project
- Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools
- Center for Collaborative Education, Massachusetts
- CityBridge Education, Washington, D.C.
- LEAP Innovations, Chicago, Ill.
- New England Secondary School Consortium
- New Schools for New Orleans
- Rogers Family Foundation, Oakland, Calif.
- The Colorado Coalition
- Funding Framework
- Grant Recipients
- Grant Opportunities