On Monday, March 11, 2013 the Agency by Design team was in Oakland, CA to lead our first-ever full-school professional development session for educators. The three-hour session was held at Park Day School and introduced approximately 40 Kindergarten – 8th grade teachers to the core tenets of our project. A variety of hands-on activities and Project Zero thinking routines had teachers looking at the intricacies of objects, situating those objects in broader systems, considering those systems through multiple user perspectives, and then brainstorming and prototyping redesign ideas for those systems. This process of developing a sensitivity to design primed educators to consider how equipping students with a deeper understanding of the design of objects, ideas, and systems may ultimately lead to an enhanced sense of agency.
The Park Day School teachers wowed us with their enthusiasm and cheerful investigation of complex ideas. A lot of great thinking emerged from the session—and we certainly learned a lot!
Check out our Instagram page where you can see more pictures from the Park Day School professional development session—and follow the work of the Agency by Design project through images.