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Welcome to BLC17! We hope you have an amazing experience! Mark the dates: BLC18 will be here in Boston July 22, 2018 through July 27, 2018!
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Thursday, July 27 • 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Gould - Design Thinking as an Essential Leadership Tool to Nurture Creativity and Inquiry In Schools

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Do you believe we can redesign our schools to meet the needs of the 21st-century and beyond? At Drexel University for the past seven years, students in our EdD program, who are practicing educators at all levels, are exploring this question.

Participants in this presentation will: view student video examples, interact with the tools of systems and Theory U, explore how design thinking enhances creativity, and what we are learning from our students in creating generative conversations within communities necessary for rethinking the design of pre-K through adult education.

Learn and see how students begin the design thinking process, by exploring trends in social media, medicine, world economics, nanotechnology, environmental sustainability, and automation. Coupled to these trends, they explore the categories of “self-to-nature”, “self-to-others”, ""self-to-technology,"" and “self-to-self” as a way to think about the present realities on this planet and their relationship to the educational needs of the future. Understanding “the source” of their own attention is the key coping skill for the 21st-century.

All participants will receive a copy of the Design Handbook our students use as they begin the 10-week design studio. This handout has activities that participants can utilize within their own programs and organization.

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John Gould

Associate Clinical Professor, School of Education | Drexel University|
I have more than 40 years of in-depth experience in the educational field, in which I have specialized on issues surrounding systemic change, leadership development, curriculum innovation and the effective implementation of new technologies in learning environs. | | My work and research is informed by a first-hand familiarity with organizational issues, having worked as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, and in other leadership positions within Pennsylvania school districts. I have penned many articles on school innovation and sustainability. Throughout my career, I presented workshops at the local, state, and national levels focused on rethinking the design of schools. I also served as the project manager in charge of crafting a ""shared vision and action plan"" for former Governor Tom Ridge's Pennsylvania Education Network (PEN). Presently I am an Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University and co-designer of its Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Change. | | I am grounded in... Read More →

Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All