Teacher Professional Development Opportunity

The NC State University Design Lab at the College of Design is offering teacher professional development workshops during the 2015 – 2016 program year. These sessions will promote a hands-on and multidisciplinary approach to design thinking, and developing design-based projects to engage students in experiential learning while also meeting curricular standards in the classroom. Teachers from all subjects and grade levels are welcome to attend. These workshops may be eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). On Saturday, November 21, we are offering the popular Making Design Work in the Classroom teacher workshop at the Design Lab, on the campus of NC State's College of Design. This workshop is for K-12 teachers of any subject area who want to incorporate design-based strategies and activities in their classrooms. The hands-on, three-hour session will address how design activities can contribute to the student achievement of local and nations standards and assessment in a variety of disciplines. This workshop will place special emphasis on applications of Design Thinking and the Design Process in STEM classrooms. We are hoping to reach as many science teachers as possible with our professional development offerings. The workshop will include discussion of: • 21st century critical and creative thinking skills • Characteristics of design problems • Design-based teaching and learning strategies: Mapping, Modeling, Diagramming, Scenarios, Simulations and prototypes, Analogies • Making design work in the classroom • Meeting the requirements of content standards • Hands-on activities • Assessment in a counting and measuring culture About the Instructor: Meredith Davis is Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Graphic Design at the College of Design at NC State University. She holds degrees in education and design and was a middle school teacher; her teaching at the university includes a class in teaching design and she serves as an instructor and member of the education advisory committee for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum/Smithsonian in New York. Meredith is author of Design as a Catalyst for Learning (a two-year study of K-12 design-based education for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). She served on the development teams for the National Assessment of Educational Progress in the Arts and National Assessment of Educational Progress in Technology and Engineering Design Literacy. She is also the author of the NC State University Quality Enhancement Plan to develop critical and creative thinking in college freshmen. For more information and to register, please visit our teacher professional development page: design.ncsu.edu/designlab/teacherpd. At this site, you will find a link to this upcoming website, where you can download an information sheet and register online. New workshops will be offered in Spring 2016. Stay tuned for details! For information on all programs at the NC State Design Lab, including programs for students and teachers, visit the Design Lab homepage: design.ncsu.edu/designlab. Current Pre-College, Outreach and Teacher Professional Development programs are listed on the left side of the page. We hope to be a resource for you and your students, and to see you all at the Design Lab soon! All the Best, Julia Rice Director, Design Lab for K-12 Education NC State University College of Design