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Cooper Hewitt is now accepting applications for the 2017 Design Thinking Workshop in New York City!

This three-day workshop is a part of Cooper Hewitt’s larger Design in the Classroom National initiative. It provides educators with opportunities to explore design thinking, to integrate the design process into curriculum, and to discuss transforming the teaching and learning processes in classrooms.

Participants will hear from industry experts, work collaboratively in small groups to generate and test ideas, engage with the museum’s inspiring collections and rich resources, and build a network with other educators interested in exploring innovative practices for their classrooms.

Workshop Dates

Tuesday, July 11 – Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Workshop Location

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


This program is free to accepted applicants. We gratefully acknowledge the individuals and corporations who have generously provided support for Design in the Classroom.

Who can apply?

  • This program is open to pre-service educators, K-12 educators, and K-12 administrators living and working in the United States only.
  • Educators are encouraged to apply in school site teams of 2-3 people. These teams can be cross-curricular and cross-grade level. Each team member should fill out an individual application. If you are unable to find at least one team member, you may apply as a solo applicant. In the application review process, preference will be given to educators applying with colleagues.

How do I apply?

Due to the limited number of spaces, interested educators must apply and be accepted into the program to participate. There are three required parts for the application. Your application is only complete once all of the following pieces have been submitted:

Please mail your completed application (including application, letter of interest, and principal letter of support) to:

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

Application Deadline: TBD
Accepted educators will be notified on or about TBD.

Application does not guarantee your participation. Only accepted applicants will be contacted.

We gratefully acknowledge the individuals and corporations who have generously provided support for Design in the Classroom.

What to Expect

Once accepted into the 2017 Design Thinking Workshop in New York City, educators will be asked to commit to the following:

  • Attend workshop in full in New York City, Tuesday, July 11 through Thursday, July 13, 2017, 8:30 am to 4 pm each day;
  • Incorporate design thinking into his/her class or lead design workshops for students or colleagues using workshop materials provided by Cooper Hewitt during the 2017-2018 school year for on-site observation by Cooper Hewitt staff and independent evaluator;
  • Document use of design thinking through pictures, video, or other media;
  • Share design-based lesson plans and best practices for implementing design thinking in the classroom with Cooper Hewitt staff;
  • Participate in data collection, evaluation and in-school audio/video documentation as needed, including on-site evaluation by Cooper Hewitt staff and independent evaluator.

Travel and Accommodations

Accepted educators who live outside of the five boroughs of New York City (Manhanttan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx) will be provided with:

  • Round-trip airfare/rail fare to and from New York City
  • Lodging within walking distance to Cooper Hewitt

Note that the following will NOT be provided:

  • Ground transportation to and from airports/train stations
  • Transportation in and around New York City
  • Baggage fees
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Parking/toll fees
  • Reimbursements of any kind


  • Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided by Cooper Hewitt at the workshop location, Tuesday, July 11 through Thursday, July 13.
  • Educators will be responsible for their own dinners. New York is home to a vibrant culinary scene where you can find inexpensive hole-in-the-wall restaurants or splurge on dinner at a Michelin star restaurant.


Please contact Michelle Cheng, Professional Development Manager, at