Category: Design

Glass building at sunset

November 10, 2021 | | Design, Learning Futures, OofSI

Former design strategist and project Manager Kyle Wagner shares his experience working on our team and details his personal journey with the Office of Scholarship and Innovation.

A graduate at sunset

October 4, 2021 | and | Design, Learning Futures

Over 160 educators, leaders and community members engaged in Project Springboard from spring to summer of 2021, spanning across the US, Canada and Australia. The project wrapped up in August with a final online session, and we have created a report that summarizes the experience, outcomes and feedback we received. A common theme was the value of connecting with like-minded educators from across the world, especially during the challenges of COVID.

A snowy road in the mountains

February 12, 2021 | | Design, Learning Futures, Technology

Revisit the keynote for the 2021 ShapingEDU Winter Games, a story of uncertainty, disruption, and resilience. See how we define learning futures, tackle the challenge of designing educational systems, explore strategic foresight tools, and build an ecosystem if resilience into our IgnitED Labs.

February 12, 2021 | | Design, Learning Futures

Danah Henriksen and I were recently invited to present a keynote (and conduct two workshops) on design thinking and STEAM education at the 2021 NV STEAM conference, organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and Desert Research Institute.

Kids hiking at sunset. One kid is helping the other up a boulder.

January 27, 2021 | | Design

In late 2019, the OofSI team was approached by Access ASU and Be A Leader Foundation about an opportunity to provide training to a group of newly hired coaches who would be working with schools in multiple school districts.

A screenshot of Stem Futures Webinar 1: Perspectives on Humanistic Knowledge

December 1, 2020 | | Design

Learn about our team’s effort to lead a national workshop collaboration focused on the designing future undergraduate STEM education, and the lessons we learned along the way about collaborating remotely and at scale.

Fostering system-level perspective taking when designing for change in educational systems

August 3, 2020 | | Design

Implementing large-scale changes within educational systems can be a challenging task. In this paper we argue that these efforts can be fruitfully seen as being an act of design that take place within a complex social system.

A picture of Herbert Spencer with his quote

July 27, 2020 | | Design

“What knowledge is of most worth?” is a question asked over a 100 years ago by the English philosopher, Herbert Spencer. His unequivocal answer was—science.

From being to beoming

May 26, 2020 | | Design

It is rarely that I hear a talk that blows me away.

Digital calipers reading

May 18, 2020 | | Design

All of us involved in social design (and I include education in among those as well) ask ourselves, or are asked this question: How do we measure the impact of the work we do? This begs the question, why measure in the first place? Lord Kelvin, one of

March 5, 2020 | and | Design, Principled Innovation

This is the second of two posts on the topic of bringing principled innovation practices to designing learning futures.

Designing Learning Futures through Reflective Practice

March 4, 2020 | and | Design, Principled Innovation

This is the first of two posts on the topic of bringing principled innovation practices to designing learning futures.

The words Designing Theory rendered in wood

March 2, 2020 | | Design

Theory is of incredible importance to scholars and researchers. Theories allow us to understand, explain and predict phenomena in the world. That said it is often difficult to say just where theories come from.

Game components. A spinner and cards

February 28, 2020 | | Design

Before you can build an education or training game, it’s important to figure out what the instructional goals and learning objectives need to be for your players.

Principled Innovation meets design

February 24, 2020 | | Design, Principled Innovation

Our college has embraced the idea of Principled Innovation as being a core value that informs everything we do.

IDC Keynote cover

February 7, 2020 | | Design

Design is core to my identity, to who I am. Education is the space within which I function but I try to approach everything I do as a designer. This was not always the case.

Kids look at a large image of broken clocks

January 24, 2020 | | Design

I just came across a quote from Alan Kay while browsing the web. Alan Kay is a programmer, educator, jazz musician and one of the key inventors of computing as we know it today.

Hello 2020

January 6, 2020 | | Design

We have been creating short videos to welcome the new year since 2008. This year was no exception. These videos, created on a shoe-string budget, are usually typographical in nature with some kind of an optical illusion or AHA! moment built in.

A kid screaming into a microphone

December 19, 2019 | | Design

I love to talk about design and education. I like to hang out with people who care about design and education. This brings us to a website/blog created by a group of graduate students (and faculty) at the Teachers College that seeks to explore “design in all its richness.”

Principled Innovation meets design

November 7, 2019 | | Design, Principled Innovation

Quick summary: In which I disparage the buzzword “design thinking” even while praising the idea of design; point to the value-neutral nature of design and the need for a more principled approach, and end with a video that seeks to capture a vision of principled innovation embedded into the design process.

abstract image by Punya Mishra

August 5, 2019 | | Design

Anyone who works in the area of social design knows how important it is to develop a systems-oriented mindset and how difficult it is to do so.

Education by design

July 26, 2019 | | Design

One of the most exciting projects we have been involved with in the Office of Scholarship and Innovation (OofSI) has been our partnership with the Kyrene School District.

A cutting mat with scissors, tape, x-acto, etc.

July 22, 2019 | | Design

This is the final installment of a series of blog posts about my adventure as a Design Strategist within the Office of Scholarship & Innovation.

Closeup of Yucca blades

July 21, 2019 | | Design

This is the fifth installment of a series of blog posts about my journey as a Design Strategist within the Office of Scholarship & Innovation.

Assorted art supplies

July 20, 2019 | | Design

This is the fourth installment of a series of blog posts about my experience as a Design Strategist within the Office of Scholarship & Innovation.

a floating lightbulb

July 19, 2019 | | Design

This is the third installment of a series of posts about my key learnings as a Design Strategist within the Office of Scholarship & Innovation.

A splattery mess of paints

July 18, 2019 | | Design

This is the second installment of a series of posts about my key learnings as a Design Strategist within the Office of Scholarship & Innovation.

A sign on a wall that says

July 2, 2019 | | Design

This is a special guest blog contribution from Hannah Scully. Hannah is an undergraduate Barrett Honors College student in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and completed her Honors Thesis on design thinking and its use throughout education.

A lake in Columbus, Ohio

June 17, 2019 | | Design

When you first see the title to this blog post, you might think that there’s not much to say about Columbus, Ohio… and what does it have to do with our team?

The entrance to Coronado High School

June 12, 2019 | | Design

Last week, our seven Teacher Instructional Leaders (TILs) at Coronado High School had their last day before starting summer vacation. Besides writing HAGS (have a good summer) in their imaginary yearbooks, how did we leave things?

A woman working on a laptop

May 20, 2019 | | Design

Six months ago, I was asked if I had any experience with the design process or design thinking during an interview. I really wanted this job, but I knew I wasn’t going to lie, so I said I had no clue.

An empty classroom at Coronado High School

May 8, 2019 | | Design

As another school year ends, we’ve taken the time to talk with teachers at Coronado High School about their efforts to increase community involvement and student engagement at their school.

The ASU library

May 8, 2019 | | Design

Now that my classes are all finished, I’ve had a chance to think about what I’ve learned as an OofSI Design Fellow.

flying dice

April 21, 2019 | | Design

The journey of design is complicated, filled with conundrums —some expected, others not so much. There are many possible strategies to address them as we iterate our way to the finish line.

Administrators write on a white board

April 3, 2019 | | Design

We recently had our first Admin Meeting! This was the first opportunity for almost all Teachers College administrative and support staff to meet face to face. At first you may think, ok, so what’s the big deal? Why is this so exciting?

ILEAD attendees take notes

March 22, 2019 | | Design

During our team’s fourth and final February visit to San Diego, I had the privilege of being part of the MLFTC team that attended the two-day event, held at High Tech High’s Graduate School of Education.

The San Diego coast

March 15, 2019 | | Design

In the third installment of the Design team traveling to San Diego, Christina talks about her experiences at the Ashoka U Conference!

An ariel view of the San Diego coast

March 14, 2019 | | Design

On Tuesday 2/12, I jumped back over to San Diego for my second visit in a week to “America’s Finest City.” This time, I went to join a convening of education innovators and changemakers to network and share approaches to school design and r

Faculty members and a student discuss a chart

March 11, 2019 | | Design

Over the last year, our Design Team at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has worked with Kyrene School District to imagine what is possible.

Social mobility conference

March 6, 2019 | | Design

On Tuesday 2/5 and Wednesday 2/6, my colleague Jennifer Stein and I traveled to La Jolla, California for the Higher Ed Innovators and Disruptors: Social Mobility & Student Success Conference, which was organized by the Student Retention and Success team at UC San Diego.

Miami Junior High teacher Rayla Mills in her classroom.

February 14, 2019 | | Design

You never know what will capture a student’s attention and propel them towards certain careers.

Improving rural education

January 31, 2019 | | Design

As a Design Fellow with the OofSI Design Initiatives team, I had the opportunity to support a kick-off event for the Arizona Rural Education Collaborative on Friday, January 18th at ASU Skysong.

A sticky note on a bulletin board

January 29, 2019 | | Design

Our design team has been facilitating the ongoing cross staff initiatives to improve MLFTC, which involves bringing an intrapreneurial, design approach to addressing problems that staff in the college experience.

Students working on a project

January 28, 2019 | | Design

All I can say is that without these innovative changemakers, we’d be “in danger of flunking most heinously tomorrow.”

OofSI and Dr. Zhao

January 15, 2019 | | Design

Last week, Dr. Yong Zhao gave a talk at the MU titled “What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education”. Our office scored the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Zhao and just talk.

An illustration of a tree with a complete root system

January 3, 2019 | | Design

As a gardener, I can tell you that staying at the surface of things doesn’t serve our plants well, and the same of our children. Students at Miami Junior High are getting the chance to grow deep roots.

Student teachers

December 18, 2018 | | Design

MLFTC teacher candidates in the Washington Elementary School District created change this semester.


December 17, 2018 | | Design

In December, two new Design Fellows joined our team. We are excited to welcome them to the team and leverage their unique talents. Keep reading to learning a little bit about them. What are you studying/working on? How did you end up at ASU? Emili: I a

Staff members

December 10, 2018 | | Design

Our latest Cross-Staff design session was held last Friday, and two teams (the Communication, Collaboration and Climate (CCC) group and the Onboarding and Organizational Growth (O and OG) group) shared what they’ve discovered over the past few weeks.

Cross staff initiative

November 5, 2018 | | Design

The Design Initiatives team wouldn’t be the Design Initiatives team if we didn’t also prototype on ourselves, and test new ways of doing the work we do.

A hand drawing on a page

October 9, 2018 | | Design

As part of a semester-long pilot program, ASU teacher candidates in the Washington district are using design thinking to address school challenges.

Looking through a camera lens

October 9, 2018 | | Design

I had posted earlier about the work our Design Initiatives team is involved with at Miami Junior-Senior High School. Essentially the entire faculty and leadership at the school have taken on the challenge of re-imagining the 7/8 curriculum through an integrated historical lens.

Education by design

September 27, 2018 | | Design

I have been at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College for two years now (actually two years and a month, but who is counting). In many ways this has been an incredible two years, a period of personal and professional growth and an opportunity to truly engage with some of most difficult and challenging issues facing education today.

Sean Leahy adds a card to his tower

September 27, 2018 | | Design

Asking people to build index card towers tells you a lot about them.

Two people talking at a meeting

September 25, 2018 | | Design

#OofSI’s Design Initiatives team hosted a group of MLFTC staff on the Polytechnic Campus for a workshop around the design process.

Washington Elementary teachers

August 27, 2018 | | Design

When MLFTC teacher candidates (a.k.a. student teachers) in Washington Elementary District came together on July 27, they were wide-eyed and unsure. What is design thinking, I could read their eyes saying, and why are we doing this?

Kyrene Design Charrette participants

August 2, 2018 | | Design

Where there’s a will (to be wild), there’s a way.

Christina, Claire and Lisa

July 31, 2018 | | Design

three new staff members joined the Design Initiatives team: Claire Gilbert as Multimedia Specialist, and Christina Ngo and Lisa Wyatt, both as Design Strategists.

Kids exhibiting projects at Quest 2 Learn

July 16, 2018 | | Design

I just got back from a lovely few days in Bangalore. I was there to participate in the Quest 2 Learn Annual Summit organized by the  Quest Alliance.

A table with a notebook, pencils and various school supplies.

May 13, 2018 | | Design

One of the most exciting parts of my job are the cool people I get to meet. Glen Lineberry is one of them. Glen is Principal at Miami Junior-Senior High School.

A display of a prototype for a campus scavenger hunt

May 10, 2018 | | Design

MLFTC’s cross-staff design teams presented prototypes at the year-end “showcase” event held on April 30 at SkySong.

The Kyrene-ASU design team

April 11, 2018 | | Design

The Kyrene-ASU Design Team is making plans for each team member to spend a day shadowing a student in the district in order to develop empathy and a deeper understanding of what school is really like from the students’ perspective.

A hiker at sunrise or sunset.

March 3, 2018 | | Design

I was recently in Baltimore for the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), with a team from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Avondale design meeting

October 27, 2017 | | Design

As part of an exciting new district partnership, the Office of Scholarship and Innovation kicked off a community design lab with the Avondale Elementary School District

Madison design team

September 14, 2017 | | Design

As we continue to dive into an open-ended design process with the Madison administrative leadership team, five teams have emerged with specific challenges they want to tackle.

Avondale faculty design workshop

September 10, 2017 | | Design

When we say we want to help create change within educational settings, we truly mean all facets of education, even the areas that many don’t typically think about when the word “education” comes up.

Administrators and faculty at Madison school district

August 11, 2017 | | Design

We are working with the administrative leadership team at Madison School District on a design process to address some of the challenges the district faces.

People participating in a craft activity

July 27, 2017 | | Design

Our first design workshop with the administrative leadership team at Madison Elementary School District took place this week!