What.

The Basics:

On the surface, Threshold is a semester-long virtual course in design thinking.

Participants – new and experienced to DT alike – will work together to apply human-centered design methods to the needs and opportunities found within their classrooms and schools. This will involve ethnographic research, problem-finding, and creative prototyping at multiple scales. And it will intentionally be adaptable to all subjects, grade levels, and school types.

Going beyond the concept of a traditional course, we imagine the Threshold Design Institute as a dynamic community of innovative educators seeking multi-disciplinary collaborators to push their boundaries.

The inaugural course will run from mid-January to mid-May, 2019.

  • Participants will meet virtually as a collective group for a 2-hour class every 2 weeks over a 4-month period.

  • In addition, all Threshold members will conduct customized discovery work in their own classrooms and schools between collective sessions.

  • There will be additional opportunities at various conferences to connect in person, share stories and strategies, and continue to build our community.

Community:

We imagine our Threshold participants are hungry for new colleagues to help them ask better questions.

We imagine our Threshold participants seeking to discover, imagine, and design a new way of seeing the world they already know well: assignments, projects, classrooms, relationships, and learning communities.

We imagine our Threshold participants working together to develop new perspectives as educators, collaborators, creatives, storytellers, problem-solvers, and social beings in every facet of their lives.

We imagine our Threshold participants building a dynamic network of international peers who are equally as passionate about making a positive impact on education and the world around them.