TD4Ed Seeking Teachers in Chicago and Philadelphia for Participatory Design Program

The Business Innovation Factory’s Student Experience Lab, in collaboration with the Highlander Institute, is recruiting teachers for 2 pilot programs: one in Philadelphia beginning in early April 2014 and one in Chicago beginning in late April 2014.

This program, titled Teachers Design For Education (TD4Ed), seeks to empower teachers with new tools and approaches while improving student outcomes by cultivating an aptitude for lifelong learning. Selected teams of teachers will go through a six-week program to learn a creative problem solving process by tackling a current challenge at their school. We've already kicked off the Rhode Island pilot program this month with great success!

What kind of teachers are you looking for?

We are looking for teams of four teachers who are seeking a new way of solving problems within their classrooms, school, district and/or community. We are happy to have teachers from different grade levels and departments within the school. We are looking for teachers with the motivation to enact and lead change in their school. We are looking for teachers who are excited to try something new, willing to commit to the time commitment and share their insights in a collaborative environment.

What will you do?

Teachers will gain first-hand experience of the design-thinking process to identify opportunities, create new ideas and accelerate change through experimentation. BIF has used this process with many examples of success within the Student Experience Lab. We will take the participants through a six-week design-thinking program that includes two weekend workshops, weekly activities and online check-ins. We expect the activities to be around five hours per week. We will provide support to development and implement solutions to their challenge. Teams will then pitch their concept at the end of the program with the possibility of receiving funds for implementation at their school. The participants will then take part in a final design workshop with participants from other pilot locations in June.

TD4Ed workshop schedule

There is no cost for the program. Meals will be provided for the workshops and travel expenses to the workshops will be reimbursed. We’ll also provide materials and supplies throughout the training. More importantly, you get the chance to connect with other teachers locally and nationally to serve the teaching profession more broadly. We intend to have a positive impact on the role of the teacher and we sincerely look forward to your participation.

Sounds great! Who do I contact?

If you would like to participate in the pilot program or have any questions, please email [email protected], no later than February 28, 2014.

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