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.

UPcoming PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT workshops at cooper hewitt


Saturday, April 14, 2018

9:30 am – 3:00 pm


How might you encourage students to develop a mindset to solve problems by thinking critically and creatively? Designers help drive innovation in products, technology, systems, and more by adapting challenges into opportunities. Cooper Hewitt’s Access+Ability exhibition showcases recent designs that create unprecedented access for users with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities to more fully engage in life through the application of advancements in research, technology, and fabrication processes.

K-12 educators will tour the exhibition and meet designers featured in Access+Ability who will discuss their approaches to problem-solving by including taking risks and learning from failure. Educators will gain exposure to techniques and materials to help students generate innovative ideas in the classroom and prototype their ideas.

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