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 workshop IN SAN FRANCISCO

IDEAS TO SOLUTIONS: A PROTOTYPING WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS IN SAN FRANCISCO

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Exploratorium (Kanbar Forum), Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

How do you help students test their ideas in your classroom? Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum invites K-12 educators to join a fun and interactive experience to explore various approaches to prototyping. A critical step in the design process, prototyping helps problem-solvers test their ideas, learn from failures, experiment with materials and visualize their solutions.

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

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upcoming professional development workshop in NYC

EXPLORE + TOUR: EMPATHY IN DESIGN

Date: Monday, January 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E 91st Street, New York, NY 10128

Designers use empathy to create products with, by, and for users with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities, adapting challenges into opportunities to increase mobility, independence, and connectivity. Cooper Hewitt’s newest exhibition, Access+Ability, showcases recent innovative designs focused on creating unprecedented access for people 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 from Michael Graves Architecture & Design, who will discuss best practices for introducing empathy and jump-starting creative problem solving in the classroom.

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