Professional Development

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum offers nationally recognized design thinking-focused professional development workshops for K-12 educators from across the country, leveraging its world-renowned design collection and other resources. Educators who have used design thinking in the classroom state that their students become more engaged and active learners with improved writing, presentation, collaboration, and problem solving skills. Aligned with National and Common Core Standards, STEAM instruction, and 21st Century Skills, Cooper Hewitt’s professional development workshops introduce educators to design thinking as a vehicle for learning, creative problem solving, and collaboration across all disciplines and showcase the museum’s exhibitions and collections.

Think of design thinking as a new tool in your teaching toolbox.


What’s the Problem? A Professional Development Workshop in Boston

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Wolbach Library

60 Garden Street

Cambridge, MA 02138


How can you frame challenges in a way that helps students see problems in new ways in the classroom? An important and necessary part of the design process, defining the problem is often the most challenging step and is frequently taken on by the teacher. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum invites K-12 educators to join a fun and interactive experience to explore various approaches to framing challenges.

This event is a part of the National Design Awards (NDA) series of programs. Teachers will have the opportunity to meet NDA winners, designers, and Cooper Hewitt educators.

Light refreshments will be served.

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