Design thinking is a very powerful way to solve challenges - in the workplace. In far away places. In classrooms.
We used design thinking in my former school district to address issues with our bell schedule. After convening a diverse team to work on the project, comprised of teachers, classified staff, administrators, students and parents, we set out to:
- build empathy and explore it
- consider prototypes
- test the prototypes
- select two and further vet them publicly
- assess the effectiveness of one, try it, and then reassess implementation
The community input and presentation phase was critically important and, in our scenario, brought back part of a master schedule that we had eliminated in our prototype design phases.
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