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What is in the toolkit?

The Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators

This toolkit contains the process and methods of design along with the Designer’s Workbook, adapted specifically for the context of K-12 education. It offers new ways to be intentional and collaborative when designing, and empowers educators to create impactful solutions.

At IDEO, we’ve been using similar processes, methods, and tools for years in tackling some dauntingly complex challenges. More often than not, we’ve experienced how Design Thinking helps to get to the next step. That’s why we are excited to see how it can impact the world of education. Teachers at Riverdale Country School are starting to use design process to address challenges in their classrooms and schools, and together we’ve created this toolkit in order to share these processes more broadly.

This is an invitation to experiment with the design process. Let it inspire you to approach challenges differently, and experience how Design Thinking adds a new perspective to your work.

Why was it made?

What value can design thinking offer to educators? What makes the design process relevant in an education context?

To find out, we spent time in classrooms, teacher’s lounges, and hallways of private, public, and charter schools. We met teachers and administrators and spoke with professionals that work with educators. Our goal was to learn about the reality in which educators live, to inspire and inform the design of this toolkit.

Who made it?

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Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school in New York City.

IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”) is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.

We want to hear from you! Please send us your comments, stories, movies, or photos of your experiences using this toolkit to create new design solutions for your schools.