Episode 029: The “Teachers’ Design for Education” Project with Kirtley Fisher & Lindsey Messervy from the Business Innovation Factory

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Teaching is a tough gig.  We all know it.  Most of the time, there aren’t enough hours in a day to focus on details and also think about how to innovate on teaching and learning practices for the future.  So – what if there was a way to create a platform, based on a proven process for solving problems, where teachers are at the center and are free to test ideas and iterate quickly andproductively?

Welcome to Teachers Design for Education (#TD4E), through the work of the Business Innovation Factory, support of the Highlander Institute, and funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The quest has begun.  Two of the designers spearheading the project, Kirtley Fisher and Lindsey Messervy, joined me for a conversation to dig into more detail.  You don’t want to miss it 🙂kirtley fisher

Show Notes:

(1:25)  Kirtley and Lindsey’s stories

(7:00) What is design thinking?

(11:05)  Applying design thinking in K-12 to development entrepreneurial skills in children

(12:55)  What is TD4E and why is it important?

(17:10)  How many teachers are involved?

(18:17)  What is the next step after the pilot?

(19:41)  Students Design for Education and other projects in the pipeline

(21:00) What gets you most excited about the future of learning?

(23:30)  Failure

(25:20)  If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

Shout Outs:

RI Education Commissioner Deborah Gist

Seth Reynolds – Partner @ The Parthenon Group

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