“Let’s Practice Design Thinking and Innovation” is topic of October 7 program at Hillview Performing Arts Center

by Contributed Content on October 5, 2015

Sponsored by the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation in partnership with the Menlo Park City School District, Let’s Practice Design Thinking and Innovation is the topic of a program on Wednesday, October 7, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Hillview Performing Arts Center.

Partner up with your K thru 8 student, or come explore on your own. Free tickets are available online. When you rsvp, please indicate what grade your child(ten) are in.

Experience what teachers are doing in our district schools to employ the innovative ideas they learned through professional development programs at Stanford’s d.school. Through hands-on exercises focused on family dynamics and experiences, teachers from your schools will engage you and your kids in stages of design and encourage you to flex your design muscles

MPCSD is leading the way in educational innovation in its focus on design thinking. Your contributions to MPAEF are making this kind of professional development for district teachers possible. So join MPAEF, district teachers, and your student(s) on October 7 to learn how your dollars make it possible for teachers to crack open the design thinking code and learn how to teach with innovative principles that are changing the way we think about problem solving in education.

Special introductions from: Branko Lukic, Designer, Author, and Founder of Nonobject Inc; Suzanne Pellican, Vice President of Design at Intuit; Erin Raab, Design Coach and PhD candidate at Stanford University, and Lisa Kay Solomon, author of Moments of Impact.

MPCSD Faculty Faciltators: Erik Burmeister, Assistant Superintendent; Willy Haug, Principal, Hillview; Theresa Fox, Tech Coach, Laurel; Heidi Hendrickson, 5th Grade, Encinal; Mary Martin, Associate Principal, Hillview; Laura Olson, 6th Grade and Maker Space Teacher, Hillview; Susan Sanchez, 4th grade, Oak Knoll; Parke Treadway, Mini-Course Coordinator, Hillview; Lela Ward, 4th Grade, Encinal; Gina Watkins, Kindergarten, Laurel; and Heidi Yamada, 4th Grade, Laurel.


One Comment

Bob Loughrey October 07, 2015 at 9:27 pm

This sounds like a great idea. Get them interested before they get pre-conceived ideas on how things should operate. Disruption comes from those that don’t know the current norm.
I’m also impressed that you are now a VP at Intuit – are you still able to work part time or did you have to give in to full time? I’ve always enjoyed the interactions we had with Quicken Health and wish you well.
Bob Loughrey

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