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Design Thinking: A Strategy to Encourage Innovation in our Classrooms

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Facilitator(s): John Nedd
Michele Jones
Date:November 30, 2017
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (St. Anthony's Centre)
10425 84 Avenue
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Course code: 18-CR-046

Target Audience

Grades K-12 Educators

About this learning opportunity

Problem Solving is one of the foundational competencies listed in the Ministerial Order on student Learning. Imagine how different our world would be if people like Marie Curie,  Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright brothers and Steve Jobs lacked competence in problem solving! So how can teachers effectively engage students in problem solving within Alberta's Programs of Study? Consider “Design Thinking”! 

This interactive session will begin by defining problem solving and the structure of design thinking as a way to functionally support this competency. Through interactive discussions and practical challenges, you will deepen your understanding of how Design Thinking is a form of teaching that should be embedded in every aspect of what a student does in class, regardless of subject or grade level. You will understand why Design Thinking should not happen in isolation, or in specific subjects, but should be enacted in every day in every way.

Throughout the day, you will deepen your understanding of the Design Thinking structure as a way for students to engage in problem solving. Basic tools and strategies to support student development of problem solving will be “experienced” together with fellow participants. You will leave this session inspired, informed and ready to create a culture of critical thinking in your classroom, where students will more deeply master curriculum outcomes!

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

John Nedd is the curriculum consultant for Career & Technology Foundations & Studies with the Edmonton Catholic School District, working with teachers and administrators in implementing CTF&S programs. John has worked with ECSD as an educator since 1996. He has taught a wide of variety of curricula at the Division II & III levels. John was seconded to Alberta Education as part of the team that developed CTF and rewrote CTS courses. John is passionate about using Career & Technology Education and Design Thinking as a lever to build student engagement and success in K-12 education and beyond.

Michele Jones  Michele has worked in the educational field since 1996. Previously to joining ERLC, Michele worked as a full time instructional coach, working with district teachers to develop CTF courses. She has taught a wide variety of subjects including leadership, intramural and sports formance options at the junior high level. She has led numerous professional learning opportunities, at the school, district level and ERLC Zone three level. Michele holds a Masters of Education degree in the area of Educational Leadership. She is also a certified Google Educator. She is passionate about all things that support our Alberta student and adult learners in today’s fast paced world.

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