This Design Thinking Certificate Programme aims to support school leaders in their ability to use design thinking to expand their own practice as school administrators, enhance student learning experiences, and work toward a school culture of deeper learning and 21st century skills. It will be a blended learning experience, comprising 4 x 2.5 hours of online workshops with leading design thinking experts in the US and two hours school check-ins with experienced facilitators in Hong Kong. Participants will be invited to share their learning experiences at the Learning and Teaching Expo 2020 in December.
This programme admits 20 primary/secondary schools, each to be represented by a principal/vice principal and a panel head. Priority will be given to government schools, aided or direct subsidy schools.
Prior knowledge of design thinking is desirable but not essential. In addition to attending the online workshops, participants will receive around two-hour of pre-work, including reading, video viewing, and preparation of an initial personal learning plan to document your aspirations, actions and reflections.
Participants may also choose to attend an optional half-day introduction to design thinking (22 Aug PM) prior to the workshop.
Free admission with a deposit of $1500, refundable upon satisfactory completion of the programme.
Please apply online by 20 July 2020. Successful applicants will be informed by 31 July 2020.
Aug 28, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed in a matter of weeks how and what we should teach and learn. As schools resume, it is high time for school leaders to contemplate how the experiences in the last few months would impact on the curriculum, the pedagogy, the teaching and learning materials, the mind sets and skill sets of educators, the school administration, environment and above all the culture.
Design thinking is a creative and human-centred approach to problem solving, addressing the needs of different stakeholders, the adoption of technology and the operational and economic considerations in the process.
Acquiring a design thinking mind set and the skills has become more urgent and important than ever in helping school leaders to address the challenges in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment – for themselves and for their students.
*Note: These offline sessions may be switched online if necessary.
Participants of the Design Thinking Certificate Programme for School Leaders will:
1. Develop empathy for student experience
2. Meet and network with other school leaders
3. Apply a human cantered design thinking lens to effect cultural change toward:
4. Leave with an action plan to try over the next 3 months
5. Demonstrate understanding of their own growth in applying design thinking in their schools
Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organiser only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.