Design Thinking to Affect Change


This 3 graduate credit, 45-hour course will ask teachers to focus on a particular topic of inquiry, researching, sharing and becoming partners in learning as they come to understand many of the many facets and implications of their topic on the field of education. Teachers will spend time immersed in each phase of the design thinking process. First, they will work to reflect upon their own classrooms, colleagues, and students, empathizing with them to identify areas of concern, frustration or deficiency. Once a focus area is identified, teachers will spend time defining that topic by locating, sharing and interacting with current and relevant research and texts, exploring the topic of inquiry. Then teachers will spend time ideating avenues for application of their learning. They will collaborate with each other to create a prototype to be implemented in their practice, then test their prototypes in their own environments, documenting their journeys towards actual change in their own practice.

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Course Dates: July 8-August 4


  • Online course
  • 4 weeks
  • Mostly flexible and on your own schedule with some required hangouts
  • 45 hours total
  • Optional: 3 Graduate Credit from Adams State University (additional $237)

If you would like to earn three graduate credits for an additional $237 from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado you can add that to your checkout or at the end of your course.


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Course Facilitator

Katie Aquino is an instructional coach in the Leyden school district just outside of Chicago.  Before becoming a coach, she taught high school English for 14 years. She spent 3 years in the great state of Missouri and the last 10 in the Chicagoland area. Katie grew up in Champaign, Illinois, but was brave enough to cross the state lines into Missouri for college and grad school. The Border War basketball game in St. Louis in December is still one of the most raucous family events for her. Katie graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an undergraduate degree in English Education in 2002 and a Masters of Education in 2003. She spent her first year teaching as a part of the MU Fellows program at David. H. Hickman High School (home of the Kewpies--no joke!) in Columbia. Katie spent the next 2 years in St. Louis, teaching English at Pattonville High School. After 3 years, her home state was calling, so she packed her bags for the windy city and has been there ever since.