TriAssociation Educator Conference
Carol Morgan School, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
We're thrilled to be participating in the TriAssociation's Annual Conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. We're thankful for the support of the organization and we're excited to launch the Threshold Design Institute there after many hours of planning, preparation and prototyping.
As you can you see to the right, we have a very full schedule over the two days, created to help you explore the design process but also introduce you to the flavor and intent of the Design Institute. Each session has been carefully crafted around a specific component of the design process. Here are the highlights of our program:
We've developed two "deep-dive" sessions that will provide an opportunity to explore the entire design process in depth. On Friday, we'll offer a session for classroom teachers and on Saturday, we'll focus on those that have a leadership role in their school. They are extended sessions that will enable us to engage you as designers. Please come to both if you would like.
How effective are you at developing, nurturing and growing ideas? On Friday, we'll present a session on ideation called "Ideation: Building Better Ideas." Ideation is a critical component of the design process and if you would like to understand strategies that will help you become better at developing ideas, then this session is for you.
Taking those ideas and representing them in a tangible form is part of the prototyping process and an essential component of the design process. In "Play, Fail, Repeat: Rapid Prototyping for Design Thinking," you'll learn how to develop low-resolution prototypes with commonly available materials. This is an incredibly fun session that promotes key design skills: ideation, iteration, and creative thinking. The session will also help you to understand how to help students represent their ideas.
The design process is based on deeply understanding who you are designing for -after all, it's a human-centric process. To help you understand the role of empathy in design and in the work that you do, we're offering a session on Friday called "Developing an Empathy Mindset in the Design Process."
Being a designer means addressing problems that matter to human beings. Helping students become designers means helping students find those problems that they consider to be important and worth addressing. "Getting Out of the Way: Helping Kids Find Problems They Believe Are Worth Solving" provides strategies for setting the stage for designing for human beings.
The sessions that we are offering will introduce you to design and help you understand the intent and coursework of the Design Institute. We're excited to meet you and help you step over the threshold into the world of design. See you in Santo Domingo!
Conference Session Snapshot
All sessions in G109 (Black Box Theater)
Design Thinking Deep Dive for Classroom Teachers, 10:15 AM-12:15 PM
Ideation: Building Better Ideas, 1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Developing an Empathy Mindset in the Design Process, 2:45 PM-4:15 PM
Design Thinking Deep Dive for School Leaders, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Getting Out of the Way: Helping Kids Find Problems They Believe Are Worth Solving, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Play, Fail, Repeat: Rapid Prototyping for Design Thinking, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM