Registration is open for the iiE/EMU Bright Futures mashup this June! Follow this link to register with a 20% early bird discount. You may register for either or both days, and SCECHs will be available for Michigan K-12 teachers. High school and university students can always register at a reduced rate.
Thursday, June 28 will be a workshop day in which participants will have the opportunity to work on meaningful challenges using a design thinking process and iiE’s signature Design Mindset Cards.
Friday, June 29 will be a full-day SEL experience focused on helping participants identify useful tools and strategies to better serve our youth and the communities in which we work. The day will feature keynote stories, workshops, a youth panel, and unconference sessions. Workshop topics will include:
Devices designed to build community and shrink the digital divide
Restorative Circles as classroom SEL practice
Building better reading activities using design thinking
The power of storytelling to foster initiative and empathy
See the whole schedule here. Whether you come to one or both days, you can count on new connections, inspiration, skill-building opportunities and shared creative energy. Follow event news on Twitter with #SELbyDesign and #reflectandserve.
United People of Faith Pilot Project
The iiE’s partner non-profit, InGlobal Learning Design, is wrapping up a successful pilot of the United People of Faith (UPF) project. The concept for the UPF project is to engage students in learning about and building empathy toward the traditions, beliefs, and “ways of seeing” among different faiths. The initial pilot project was conducted with three groups of students in, respectively, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith-based schools. Principles of design thinking were employed to help accomplish project goals, while engaging students in the process of designing a model interfaith school. Students and teachers worked synchronously and asynchronously on project tasks that combined in-class work with mentored online interactions.
United People of Faith was designed to students with opportunities to:
Increase understanding of worldviews and cultural practices associated with a range of religious faiths.
Increase empathy for peers of other faiths and promote a better understanding of the complexities of one’s own faith.
Practice collaboration and communication skills within a diverse group.
Practice persuasive writing skills in a feedback-rich context.
Practice research skills and analytical thinking for meaningful purposes.
If you, or someone in your network, would be interested in participating in a future offering of this project please contact us and we will add your name to our list of interested teachers/schools.
Update to February Design Mindset Challenge
We had a great response to our “band name” design mindset challenge shared in our February newsletter. This month, we are continuing our investigation into this design challenge with the band members and our shared network. The design team has come up with a short list of names and we would like to ask you to take a few moments of your time (it’s very quick!) and share your thoughts on ranking for the short list. Check out this Google Form to rank the top eight band name suggestions.