Future Design School supports future ready skill development through project based learning and deep inquiry. We support schools looking to enhance personalized and experiential learning opportunities for students.
Schools and teachers across North America leverage our professional development, comprehensive curriculum and strategic support. Our team works with school leaders to establish unique differentiation and build holistic, long term strategic plans that have immediate, tangible impact.
We're privileged to work with many incredible educators across the US + Canada. We work within both independent + public schools and have a robust set of offerings to support school leaders, educators and students.
We provide world class professional development sustained over time to support long term transformation and engage teachers in designing learning experiences with real-world problem solving. We have empowered over 20,000 educators with comprehensive training, curriculum and assessment that easily scaffolds exceptional learning experiences. Our Future Ready Frameworks, tools and resources enable schools around the world to develop unique differentiation and drive deeper learning.
SARAH PREVETTE has developed transformational strategy for some of the country’s biggest business leaders and renowned brands. Globally recognized for her work in human-centered design and entrepreneurship, she is proud to work alongside an incredible team of educators to drive innovation inside schools. Prevette’s organization, Future Design School, provides world-class strategy development, professional training programs and resources that empower effective leadership and personalized learning.
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SANDRA NAGY has dedicated her career to driving innovation and building effective organizational strategy. Sandra began her career at Accenture as a Change Management consultant where she supported public and private sector clients through large-scale strategy and business transformation. Two of her years at Accenture were exclusively focused in the Government practice.
Sandra spent over a decade as a senior digital strategist at Pearson Education where she led multiple teams that worked across K-20 to transform curriculum and professional development resources with the use of technology. She was a member of a global team of educational technology champions focused on collaborating to solve problems in education. She engaged with stakeholders globally and was responsible for nurturing strategic partnerships with key customers and other like-minded organizations.
Prior to Pearson, Sandra worked at The Learning Partnership, a non-profit organization responsible for building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. She led a government and business-funded research project to look at blended, online and face-to-face, professional development for teachers in STEM courses. Sandra engaged in speaking opportunities across Canada sharing best practices in sustained, action-research driven professional development that leads to authentic community building.
With over 20 years of experience, Sandra has designed, developed and delivered hundreds of learning opportunities to thousands of employees and educators. She is a firm believer in the capacity of educators to drive future-skill development, and in sustained professional development that leverages a blend of learning tools. Sandra leads the Education Practice at Future Design School building strong academic partnerships with school leaders that help to drive their strategic priorities through consulting support, professional development and efficacious curriculum resources.
Sandra’s educational background includes a Master's in Education from Harvard University focused on Technology in Education. While completing this degree she worked at TechBoston, an organization infusing technology programs into inner-city Boston schools; conducted published research into distance learning at the Concord Consortium; and volunteered through the MIT Media Lab teaching robotics to home-schooled students. Sandra also holds a Bachelor of Commerce focused on Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship from McGill University. During her time in Montreal she actively volunteered at the Montreal Neurological Hospital focusing on brain research, taught within the Faculty of Management, and led tours on campus to prospective students.
LESLIE MCBETH has nearly 15 years of experience at the intersection of design and education. She started her career with an international NGO at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, developing campaigns to educate and empower human rights workers in the field. This position brought her to New York City, where she joined the team at the Design Trust for Public Space. Leslie worked with the world’s top architects, designers and policy leaders to develop solutions to complex problems in the public built environment. Inspired by the power of design to engage individuals in civic action, Leslie moved back to Canada to pursue a career in teaching design.
After graduating from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, Leslie spent almost a decade teaching at Greenwood College, a co-educational independent day school, where she designed personalized, project-based learning activities that provided students with real-world experiences in design and innovation. In addition to teaching, Leslie was the Coordinator of Service Learning, the Social Sciences Team Leader, and a Guidance Counsellor. Passionate about experiential education, Leslie’s students were most often found outside the classroom engaged in community projects. She led student trips to rural India, New York City, and the backcountry of Northern Ontario and Vancouver Island.
In 2016, Leslie joined Future Design School to build and expand professional development programs across North America. She created a suite of programs for educators that empowers them to break down their classroom walls and engage students in future-ready learning experiences that connect to curriculum. Over the past two years, she has worked with more than 5000 educators around the world from Australia to Sweden to California.
Leslie is a Columbia University Klingenstein Institute Summer Fellowship recipient, a Facilitator for the Ontario Conference of Independent School’s Cohort 21 Professional Development program, a Google for Education Certified Innovator, and a TEDx Speaker. She has presented to audiences around the world at events including SXSWEdu, the CUE National Conference, and she is the Design Thinking Coach for the Google Innovator Academy worldwide. She is an avid athlete, an accomplished Ironman and can often be found cycling, running or swimming.
DIANE RUTHERFORD is an Education Lead at Future Design School dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their greatest personal potential. Diane has over seven years of experience as a certified educator who has worked with hundreds of students of diverse backgrounds and ages, from across North America.
Diane completed the Future Design School Innovation Leader Certification in 2016 before joining Future Design School full time to design and deliver exceptional learning experiences with educators, business professionals and government leaders. In her role as Education Lead, Diane has designed and delivered customized workshops that address system challenges, build specific foundational skills and drive measurable personal growth. Diane has considerable experience in teaching Design Thinking, and is a sought after resource for school board leaders looking to drive innovation and future vision in their school boards and agencies.
At Future Design School, Diane works with a team of educators, entrepreneurs and designers to develop world-class curriculum based on deep pedagogical knowledge. The focus for all curriculum is to create meaningful learning experiences for participants that drive towards the actionable development of pre-determined skills. Diane is world class facilitator of a range of Future Design School workshop offerings. She frequently leads workshops with a diverse range of participants and is an expert in customizing learning to suit the diverse needs of participants from a range of industries and backgrounds.
Diane completed her teaching degree at the University of Edinburgh and her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University. Diane is an Apple Certified Teacher and is a Level 1 Google Certified Educator; actively helping develop and deliver professional development workshops with both companies.
VINCE DUQUETTE is an exceptionally talented engineer. Having been the lead developer at Sprouter.com (acquired in 2011) and BetaKit.com (acquired in 2013), Vince went on to start his own boutique development agency, HangarOne Digital, and join the faculty at Ryerson University. Passionate about working with startups, he is an active advisor at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone and continues to mentor young entrepreneurs. Vince builds all new products at Future Design School.
KARIM AWAD is an award winning UX Designer and Developer. Having worked with organizations large and small to create beautiful, functional applications and websites, Karim has led successful projects with Hyundai Canada, Home Depot, CARE International and Walmart among many others. He is a proud alum from The University of Waterloo, an accomplished entrepreneur and an advisor to several startups. Karim is passionate about designing exceptional new products at Future Design School.
RACHEL FRANKS is a proud Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and dedicated educator. She has over a decade of experience teaching in classrooms both at home and abroad, and continues to hone her skills as a design thinking practitioner. Rachel is passionate about empowering entrepreneurship in Indigenous communities across Canada and helping youth develop the skills and experience they need to succeed in the workforce. Rachel joined Future Design School to enable First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth to help put their ideas into action and have positive impact on the world around them.
VIVIAN PHILLIPS is a content marketing strategist with a passion for all things social. Vivian is a proud alumni of Wilfrid Laurier University, where she received a degree in Communication Studies and lead numerous initiatives focused on youth empowerment. Vivian has continued to champion young people at Future Design School through her development of a formalized leadership program to recognize high-potential students and contributes regularly to the company's Young Innovators program. Vivian joined Future Design School to share the amazing stories of youth innovation as well as the incredible work of educators, schools and corporate leaders who participate in Future Design School programs, courses and workshops.