educators

A City of Neighborhoods Workshop for Educators


Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is offering a community based design education program for educators that will integrate collaborative problem solving and design thinking. The program applies design education to a neighborhood context, providing access to museum and community resources including subject-matter experts and content knowledge. The program presents a method for extending the classroom into the community, and integrating project-based, experiential learning into any existing curriculum. The strategies gained in A City of Neighborhoods can be used to transform the neighborhood into a visual textbook, making any subject area immediately relevant to students by directly relating to their real-life experience.
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Cooper-Hewitt: Summer Design Institute 2008 – Design Challenge Workshop


Educators who participated in the 2008 Summer Design Institute are lead through the design process by Sandy Speicher, Practice Lead, Transformation, of IDEO to answer the question, “how might we improve the getting to work experience?”
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Cooper-Hewitt: Bring Graphic Design to the Classroom: Workshop with Ellen Lupton


Join Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum for a presentation and discussion on teaching graphic design with Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design, graphic designer, educator, and author of several books on design including D.I.Y.: Design it Yourself, and D.I.Y. Kids. The presentation will offer strategies for explaining and teaching graphic design principles and ways to move your students to thinking and working like designers.
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Target Design K12: Sign up Today!


Target Design K12: Design In The Classroom is a unique, FREE program for K-12 teachers in New York City. The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will come to you for a 45 minute session that's adaptable to any subject area. A special focus on teamwork, brainstorming and problem-solving through design thinking will equip your students with new tools for taking on challenges across subjects.
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Ready, Set, Design!


Ready, Set, Design is one of our favorite educational activities here at Cooper-Hewitt. We use it as a way to introduce the concepts behind "design thinking" to all kinds of groups-- from kindergartners to professional designers to museum trustees. It's very adaptable, and lots of fun! Watch this video to learn how you can use Ready, Set, Design for your group! Find the accompanying PDF on Ready, Set, Design here: http://cdn.cooperhewitt.org/2011/09/02/Ready%20Set%20Design%20vX.pdf
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Design Thinking for Educators


One of Cooper-Hewitt’s missions is to aid educators in seeing themselves and their students as designers. One of the ways we work toward this goal is through our Educator Resource Center, an online resource for K-12 educators, which hosts lesson plans, a conversation board, and videos of design experts speaking about best practices in design-based education.
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Educator Conversation Board January Highlights


Cooper-Hewitt’s education department hosts a conversation board for K-12 educators interested in bringing design-based learning into their classroom. The conversation board hosts links to articles and teachers around the country posting their thoughts.
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Today's Tour + Workshop


Some great snapshops from today's Target Design K12 program. This group from the Saint Ignacius Loyola School had a blast at their workshop, focused on Communications and Social Networking.  
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Design Education for Everyone


An amazing group of teachers just spent the week at Cooper-Hewitt, participating in our on-going City of Neighborhoods program for educators. This year, the museum invited around forty teachers from New Orleans to take part in a week-long study of how design can work in the classroom, with a focus on exploring one’s local community. 
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