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.
educators, a city of neighborhoods, professional development, education