Step Forward: Project Planning is Underway at CDAGS.

Today was the first series of individual sessions with CDAGS teachers. D3 facilitators Kim and Danny got a chance to meet one on one with teachers to better understand their goals and focus on how to incorporate design thinking into their classrooms and curriculum.  We had a chance to observe live class sessions, answer questions, and assist in the planning stages of a variety of project types.

One of the classes that was observed was Ms. Hollis’s 3rd period health class as they embarked on one of their first design challenges. Tying into a class unit on self-esteem, the one hour project challenged students to create a self-esteem toolkit for a partner using the D3 methodology. Students interviewed each other, developed design ideas and sketches, and prototypes (check out some photos here!).

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The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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