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HI FusionED: Design Thinking-based PD

Design Thinking is a 5-step process to develop innovative solutions for complex challenges. Born from a need to improve business products and services, Design Thinking integrates end-users into a participatory design process, transforming passive users into collaborative designers. Most recently, growing interest has accelerated initiatives that transfer Design Thinking protocols to address education reform.

Since 2011, HI FusionED has adopted Design Thinking (DT) principles in professional development activities and program implementation. Using basic DT tenents, HI FusionED has facilitated DT-based workshops to help students and teachers create and transform learning environments, foster school-community partnerships and cultivate culturally responsive leadership.

HI FusionED facilitators are all Hawaii-based education specialists with backgrounds in public and private school administration, STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, mathematics) instruction and/or curriculum development.

Past work has included DT-based workshops at the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference, Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) Conference, Teach for America (Hawaii), Nanakuli-Waianae Complex public schools, Honolulu district public schools and Waiahole Elementary School.

For more information, please contact HI FusionED at info(at)hifusioned.org.

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