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Tuesday, March 13 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Personalized Learning by Design: Design Thinking Our Way to Innovative Programming

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As Vermont moves towards an emphasis on personalized and proficiency-based learning, schools have tackled this shift in a variety of ways. This session highlights how Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School rooted its development of new programs in a design thinking process that emphasized a human-centered, community-based approach. As a process for problem-solving, design thinking aligns well with personalized learning because it begins with empathy: observing, discovering, and listening to the needs of students and the community where the school is embedded.

Presenters will share how they conducted empathy research inside and outside of their school, surfaced insights and needs from that research, and engaged the faculty in brainstorming and prototyping ideas based on those needs. Participants will leave with an understanding of how design thinking can facilitate participatory school reform efforts, as well as some concrete tools and strategies for conducting similar work in their own schools.

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Erin Cohn

Senior Partner, Leadership + Design
I work with schools and school leaders to design and implement school change projects inspired by human-centered design. I'd love to chat with anyone interested in learning more about how design thinking can be used in the classroom for personalized and meaningful learning, in developing... Read More →

Jesse Riemenschneider

Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School

Bob Thibault

Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School

Tuesday March 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Blackstone - Omni Hotel