Cicely Day is a creative catalyst designing solutions for students and communities in Oakland.
To catalyze creative leadership, The Teachers Guild builds off the methods and mindsets from the Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit. It’s a learner-centered approach to problem-solving that builds teachers' skills and confidence to design for the evolving needs of their students and schools.
The methods help to activate your expertise in pedagogy and content by generating new ideas. It starts with defining a challenge you want to solve for and with your students.
Discover student needs and reflect on evidence
Try ideas to gather feedback from students
Refine ideas based on feedback
Inspire others to try your ideas
The mindsets help you develop your belief and confidence in tackling challenges and knowing what works for students and why.
Taking risks and living with ambiguity can inspire us toward new futures
Reaching all students means confronting biases and prioritizing inclusion
Making ideas tangible tests assumptions and accelerates learning
Diverse perspectives lead to new insights and more possibilities
Obstacles and failures are opportunities for creativity and growth
Meeting student needs starts from deep understanding
Check out these resources to support you through each method.
IDEO WISE Report
Learn how Design Thinking is transforming classrooms and schools, reimagining learning beyond existing models.
Discover student need and reflect on evidence. These tools will help you dig deep, draw inspiration from your surroundings, and surface insights to guide you on your design journey.
Generate and refine ideas. These tools will help you run brainstorms to get wild ideas and share the ideas you love most.
Refine ideas with student and peer feedback. These tools will help you make ideas tangible and build to learn.