Design Thinking for Curriculum Creation

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Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Course #: W932

Time: 9 a.m. - Noon

Location: Erikson Institute

Cost: $90.00 $63.00

Credit Available: CEUs; Social Work CEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 1.5 - Intervention, 1.5 - Working with Families


This workshop is for educators who design curriculum in any setting.  Design thinking is a collaborative, human-centered, problem-solving process that can be used to facilitate curriculum creation.  In this workshop we will begin with an introduction to the design thinking process.  Participants will engage in dialogue and brainstorming around how the design thinking model may be adapted to improve and support best practices in education.  We will consider how the process of empathy, ideation, definition, prototype, and testing can be followed to create curriculum that meets real-world needs.


Jeanette Banashak, Ph.D.

Jeanette Banashak, Ph.D., is an educator with 19 years of experience teaching in schools from Kindergarten through higher education. A former professor of Creativity, Jeanette’s dissertation focused on the interrelationship between mindfulness and creativity. She currently works for Erikson Institute as a Calm Classroom Facilitator and is a creativity coach and consultant for individuals, schools, and organizations. Jeanette is also a trained Enneagram specialist and guide. In her work, Jeanette emphasizes the importance of practicing mindful and creative techniques as vehicles toward being competent, caring, and reflective-reflexive teachers, parents, and guides.

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