Creative Critical Thinking: Bringing Design Thinking Into the Classroom 

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Creative Critical Thinking: Bringing Design Thinking Into the Classroom 
An AICAD Virtual Learning Lab, Presented by NAEA and the Association for Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD)
Monday, February 27, 2017 | 7-8 pm ET
FREE for NAEA Members; $49 for non-members

Today’s art teachers are preparing students for the 2025 workforce in which prototyping will be a form of senior leadership. To meet this challenge many teachers are adopting Design Thinking as a best practice for developing their student’s blended creative and critical skills. Design Thinking is a widely respected approach for framing and solving problems in commercial and civic economies. In education Design Thinking can help every student, regardless of their differentiation, to discover their potential to be resourceful and ingenious.

This webinar begins with a brief theoretical and historical overview of Design Thinking, and then reviews ideas for how Design Thinking can become part of the professional development of teachers. We’ll discuss not only art and design curriculum, but also broader lesson planning, child development, parent interaction, and collaboration with colleagues. While discussing some successes, this webinar concludes with an honest look at the challenges facing teachers interested in incorporating Design Thinking in their profession. 


Michael Compton

Director, Columbus College of Art and Design MindMarket and Partner at Alloy Research and Brand Strategy

Mike Compton is the director of the MindMarket, a community collaboration space for the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). In this role he has worked with K-12 educators in creating design thinking programs for both teachers and students. In addition to being involved in education, he is also a founding partner of Alloy Research and Strategy in Westerville Ohio, with over 20 years of senior level experience consulting in strategy, research and brand building for such brands as P&G, Kraft, Disney, Mattel, and many others. Mike’s educational philosophy is to affirm the dignity of learning for students of all ages so that they can build sustainable lives in the 21st century. 

Judy Shafer

Art Education Advocate

Judy Shafer blends her years of experience as an elementary general music teacher with the resources that are available through her non-profit arts organization network, connecting recourses, and workshops and programs that bring expertise in curricular, best practices, behavioral and civic needs of teachers, students and families. She has presented at the Americans for the Arts, National Art Education Association and National Council of Teachers of English national conferences, and the South African Jazz Educators conference. Shafer serves on the Committee for Creative and Innovative Thinking for the State of Ohio and on the Expert Team and Outreach Committee for the international organization known as Jazz Education Network. She is the recipient of the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s inaugural Arts Educator Award. Her past service includes contributing membership of the Ohio Competency Analysis Profile, National Jazz Planning Study, the State of Ohio Curriculum for the Integrated Arts, the Ohio Arts Council peer panel, board membership of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Jazz Education Network’s Founding Board.

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