Design Thinking

Innovation & Creativity

Design Thinking for Innovation & Creativity

July 27th, 2020

Hosted at the Pine Street School – 25 Pine St, New York, NY 10005

Brought to you by EdTechTeacher

While we cannot predict what the future looks like, we do know that innovation and creativity are skills that our students and school leaders will need. Design Thinking has emerged as a proven framework to support people in developing a creative opportunity identifying & problem-solving mindset. The value of embracing Design Thinking in a classroom or school environment is that it provides not only a framework that can foster creative and innovative thinking, but it helps develop valuable mindsets that extend beyond isolated projects.

Join us for this two day, hands-on workshop that will explore both the concept and process of Design Thinking, along with the practical application of this model in schools in classrooms. Designed for school leaders, technology integrationists and classroom teachers, the Design Thinking framework can be used to consider school redesign, curriculum / project redesign as well as a tool for students to leverage to unlock creativity and innovation. From crafting meaningful “How Might We” statements, to using specific strategies within the process of Design Thinking, the workshop is designed to increase participant comfort, awareness and implementation of Design Thinking in Education.

Workshop Outline

Part I: Understanding & Unpacking Design Thinking

Participants are introduced to the concept of Design Thinking and engage in a series of activities to experience the Design Thinking process. Throughout the first half of the workshop, participants will work through the 5 phases of Design Thinking as defined by the Stanford d.School – Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test. Participants will also engage in unpacking Design Thinking to understand specific strategies within the process and model to more meaningfully engage in the process.

Part II: Experiencing and Designing for Opportunity, Innovation & Change

During the second half of the worksop, participants will dig deeper into the Design Thinking process to shift from doing & the process of Design Thinking to the mindsets associated with Design Thinking. A series of case studies and classroom examples will be examined to better understand how Design Thinking can be effectively implemented in an educational setting. Participants will also begin to practice crafting meaningful design challenges in the form of “How Might We” statements. The purpose of day two is to shift from experiencing Design Thinking to implementing the process in their selected school or classroom environment. The core purpose of the second half of the workshop is for participants to develop a better understanding and perspective of how the Design Thinking process can be implemented in their classroom to create an environment to foster creativity and innovative thinking.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is designed for:

  • Classroom Teachers: K-12
  • Educational Technologists
  • Instructional Coaches
  • School Administrators

Technology Requirements

Please bring a laptop or tablet to access workshop materials and archive your workshop experience.

Logistics & Travel


The worksop will run from 8:00am to 3:00pm with an hour lunch break (on your own)

Workshop attendees can arrive between 7:30 and 7:45


There is no parking available at the Pine Street School. Please plan on taking public transportation.

Meet the Instructor: Greg Kulowiec

Prior to joining EdTechTeacher, Greg spent eight years as a high school history teacher and one year as a technology integration specialist in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He began integrating technology into his classroom with early mobile devices including iPods and cell phones. An early adopter of iPads, Chromebooks and 1:1 environments, Greg quickly transitioned to integrating Project Based Learning Environments. Work that his students created during their studies of the Arab Spring of 2011 was featured on National Public Radio.  

Since 2012 as a full time instructor with EdTechTeacher, Greg brings a dynamic approach to technology integration that is paired with powerful instructional frameworks such as Project Based Learning and Design Thinking. Greg works with school districts and teachers throughout the country in workshops and year long professional development to explore thoughtful and effective uses of technology. Greg is a Google Certified Trainer, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and the co-host of the “So We’ve Been Thinking Podcast”. Greg has presented at MassCue, NCSS, MASCD, ISTE, Google’s Global Education Summit and the EdTechTeacher Innovation Summits. Greg lives in Newburyport, MA with his wife and two children.


Pine Street School

25 Pine St, New York, NY 10005

July 27th, 2020

Workshop Cost: $200

Pine Street School Location

For more information about these workshops, please contact Gail Ross-McBride at or call 888-377-9518 ext 1.

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