K-12 Design Thinking Sprint

This Summer, Innovate Like Google

Innovation in action

No one has ever seen this before

The O'Briant Group's new offering in education is unlike any design thinking program out there, with custom materials developed from academic research and our work as Google Transformation Partners. 

Design and Do

Not only will you develop an in-depth understanding of design thinking, you'll use our tools and the design process to create innovations specific to your users. At the end of the program, you have an innovation to test and an implementation plan ready to roll out.  

Become part of an extraordinary design thinking community

Join an exclusive online network of innovative educators who are designing innovations for their classroom, school, district, or state. Each week, you will unlock one or two short courses designed specifically for this program, and you will use the course materials to complete the week’s design activities.
 
Not only will the peer-to-peer network support you, skilled facilitators will be right by your (virtual) side.
 

Six weeks to meaningful innovation

  • Week 1: Preparation

  • Week 2: Empathy Research

  • Week 3: Sensemaking

  • Week 4: Ideation

  • Week 5: Prototyping and Testing

  • Week 6: Implementation and Influence

Support along the way

  • 8 online micro-courses to build skills and develop your innovation project

  • Facilitation and mentorship from the O'Briant Group and Google Certified Innovators 

  • Personal support from your facilitator and the change-maker community

  • Peer-to-peer learning during and after the program

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Detailed Program Information

Time commitment

The more time you commit to the program, the more you’ll get from it. At a minimum, plan to spend several hours a week completing courses and activities, joining online meetings, and providing feedback to your peers.

Pre-work

A few days before the session begins, you’ll be invited to join the online community. This custom platform is hosted by Dream See Do. There, you’ll find two short courses:

  • Pre-Work and Introduction
  • Innovative Mindset

Set up your profile and path on Dream See Do, and complete the Pre-Work and Introduction course before we kick off your session.

After the program

You’ll have access to the online community and courses after the session closes. The O’Briant Group will offer three monthly video meet-ups to provide ongoing support for your innovations. You are welcome to continue meeting independently with your small group either on or off the private online platform.

Working with others

You’ll be working on your own innovation project throughout the six weeks, but you’ll have peer-to-peer support along the way. Before the session begins we’ll put you in a small group with other educators working on related projects. You and the other members of your small group will find a time that works for you to sync up each week, providing support, encouragement, and inspiration.

Weekly cadence

Weeks are divided into learning days, doing days, and deliverable days. Each week, you will have a small group meeting and a large group meeting to attend, as well as courses and activities to complete. Note: all meetings are scheduled for Eastern time.

  • Learning Days (Monday and Tuesday): Complete the week’s courses
    • Join the 9 a.m. Monday morning kick-off session with your facilitators
  • Doing Days (Wednesday and Thursday): Complete the week’s activities
    • Join one of two all-participant sessions
    • Participate in your small-group team meeting
  • Delivery Days (Fridays): Post your design deliverable for the week to the group. The following week’s course is available by 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Topic schedule

Each focuses on one aspect of the design thinking process, with time at the beginning of the session to prepare and time at the end to think through an implementation plan. By participating week by week, you not only learn the full design thinking process, you also develop your own innovation.

Week 1: Preparation
Week 2: Empathy Research
Week 3: Sensemaking
Week 4: Ideation
Week 5: Prototyping
Week 6: Implementation and influence

Mark your calendar!

If you have to miss a meeting during the six weeks, you’ll be able to catch up by watching the recorded version later. However, there is one session you won’t want to miss.

Mark your calendar for the group showcase and celebration from 3-5 p.m. Eastern time on the last Friday of your session.

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