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Summer Institute for Educators - Colorado

Castle Rock Middle School, 2575 Meadows Blvd, Castle Rock

Jul 31 - Aug 01 , 2017

K12 Teachers and Administrators


The Summer Institute is a two day, action-oriented professional development program for educators who want to drive innovation in their classroom and school. Teachers will learn to harness design thinking methods as a framework for creative, project-based learning in their classrooms.

Designed for both teachers new to design thinking and those with prior experience, this program will provide educators with a deeper dive into innovation-based programming for students.

Day one will provide teachers with the opportunity to design a solution to a real world challenge and take their solution from idea, to user testing and iteration, all the way to rapid prototypes. Throughout the day, teachers will learn tools that they can use in the classroom to engage students in ideation, validation and rapid prototyping.

Day two consists of hands-on workshops that focusing on integrating design, entrepreneurship and innovation into curriculum expectations at various grade levels and in different subjects. Today, teachers will have sessions to choose from in order to personalize their PD experience based on interest and grade level.

All participants will have the option to license a course in the FDS App. These courses are grade and subject level specific and provide all of the necessary resources to successfully teach an entire unit of study that uses design thinking as a framework and links to curriculum expectations.

Future Design School is proud to offer this Professional Development program in partnership with Castle Rock Middle School. Castle Rock Middle School aims to ignite a fire for learning in our students through learning experiences that are personal, relevant, growth and improvement based, and allow students to explore and create a culture of empathy.

Key Takeaways

A hands-on experience in project-based learning

Immediately applicable for integrating design thinking into your classroom and curriculum

A network of other inspiring teachers driving change in education

This course is
for you if...

  • You are an educator with a passion for creating engaging and meaningful learning experiences

  • You want to learn how to use design thinking to empower student innovation

  • You want to learn how to connect innovation to your subject area

"Students are being inspired by the empathy they are developing. Students are engaged to solve real problems and be creative!"

James Lee, Head of Rosedale Day School


8:30am-4:30pm July 31st

Day 1: A hands-on day of learning design thinking methods, from defining the problem to pitching solutions.

9am-4pm August 1st

Day 2: Today, participants will choose from various workshops based on grade/subject area and interest. The focus today will be applying the methods learned in day 1 to design learning experiences for students that build future-ready skills!



Leslie McBeth

Leslie is an educator on a mission to empower students to solve the world's big problems. Leslie spent six year teaching at Greenwood College School where she used design thinking and project-based learning to engage students in real-world experiences. Prior to teaching, Leslie was an advocate for using design to improve the public built environment at the Design Trust for Public Space in New York City.


$399 + tax

Included Materials:

  • All materials provided

Summer Institute for Educators - Colorado

Castle Rock Middle School, 2575 Meadows Blvd, Castle Rock

July 31 - August 01 , 2017

$399 + tax