Register today: Design Thinking Workshop for Educators (7/30 – 8/31)


So excited to announce the Design Thinking For Educators Workshop, a 5-week, FREE virtual course brought to you by IDEO, Edutopia and the Riverdale Country School.

Registration is now open! Go to and sign up before the workshop starts on July 30th.

Enjoy and rethink…*

Design Thinking Workshop Schedule

Each Monday we will post a new assignment. Participants will use and a Ning site to complete the assignments at any time during the week. The workshop exercises are designed to take roughly 2-5 hours/week. We will send detailed emails once a week with links and resources for that week’s assignment.

July 30 – August 3 (Week 1): Introduction to the Design Thinking Process 
What is Design Thinking? How does it work? 
We’ll do some exercises to familiarize ourselves with the process and help us get into the Design Thinking mindset.

August 6 – 10 (Week 2): Discovery & Interpretation Phase 
I have a challenge. How do I approach it? I learned something. How do I interpret it?
We’ll define a group challenge, prepare research, and gather inspiration. To interpret, we’ll tell stories, look for patterns, and frame our opportunities.

August 13 – 17 (Week 3): Ideation
We have a better understanding of our challenge. What are some solutions? 
Now we brainstorm. No idea is wrong or too stupid. This week, we generate ideas, and refine them.

August 20 – 24 (Week 4): Experimentation & Evolution 
I see an opportunity: What do I create? I tried something new: How can I use it? 
We’ll create prototypes and refine them using real world feedback.

August 27-31 (Week 5): The Future 
In our final week, we’ll work to apply Design Thinking in our school or community setting.
At the end of the five weeks, the content will be archived, but we will continue the conversation about Design Thinking in education on and social media.

Want to learn more about design thinking and how it relates to education before signing up for the course? Go to to download a free toolkit that explains the design thinking method and tools and presents some case studies on the successful use of design thinking in education. You can also read about past design thinking workshops held on the RCS campus in partnership with IDEO here.

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