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Design Sprints for Educators

Reimagining the Future of Education

There are innovative ways to approach the challenges you face, even the biggest ones. That's why we created O'Briant Group Design Sprints, using the powerful tools of design thinking to help you create solutions that meet the needs of your school or district. 

From guided empathy research through ideation, prototyping, testing, and implementation, educators rely on our design sprints to help them envision and create the future. 

Half-day sessions start at $3,500. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my team need prior knowledge of design thinking? 

Definitely not! Prior knowledge might come in handy, but your entire team will move through the design process with expert guidance from the facilitators.


We focus on "doing design" to learn about the process, so our sessions (either virtual or in person) are always experiential and engaging. 

How does a virtual Design Sprint work? 

Online, or virtual, Sprints have hidden advantages, and are an enjoyable and collaborative experience for teams.


The O'Briant Group team uses MURAL digital whiteboards to create a virtual "room" for each Sprint. Teams move about the room to develop key questions, ideate, prototype, and more. Best of all, the digital whitespace automatically creates design artifacts for you to keep.

What outcomes can I expect from my Sprint?

At minimum, you will have a wealth of new ideas about your challenge and a few prototypes to consider implementing post-Sprint. During the Sprint, you'll build teamwork and a spirit of collaboration. You'll also develop buy-in and support for new systems and services. 


With bigger Sprint packages, you can also leave with a package of actionable qualitative data about your users, a next-steps plan for implementation, and expert consulting to assist with follow-up. 

What is Empathy Research? 

Also known as Qualitative Research, this process is the key to good design and the first step in the design thinking process. Our professional researchers connect with your users (with your guidance, of course) to better understand users' needs, values, and goals. Empathy interviews are a common practice, but depending on the project our team might recommend other data-gathering strategies.


Sprint facilitators then use this invaluable user information to customize your Sprint experience. Written user reports are available.