April 28, 2017 | Dearborn, MI
Henry Ford Learning Institute Expands Summer Design Thinking Workshop Offerings for Educators

Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI) is increasing the scope of its 2017 summer Design

Thinking workshops to serve more K-20 educators and meet the demand for

continued professional growth opportunities for past participants.


All of HFLI’s 2017 summer workshops for educators are held in dynamic

learning spaces and focus on developing capacity for innovation through Design

Thinking, a human-centered creative problem solving process:


-Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators, July 12-14, Detroit, Michigan

-Innovation Collaborative for Design Thinking, July 17-18, Detroit, Michigan

-Innovation Leaders, July 20-21, Detroit, Michigan

-Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators, Aug. 7-9, San Antonio, Texas


“The skills, mindsets, and processes in Design Thinking are being called for in

Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards – and

they are highly sought after by top employers,” said Deborah Parizek, Executive

Director of Henry Ford Learning Institute. “HFLI’s immersive workshops inspire

and build an educator’s capacity to provide Design Thinking experiences for

students, develop a culture of innovation, and lead innovation in their K-20

education setting,”


“I left my HFLI workshop feeling invigorated and excited about the possibilities

that this mindset and process bring to my practice,” said Elizabeth Joyner,

STEM Learning and Innovation Specialist at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in

Suffolk, Virginia, and a 2016 HFLI Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators

participant. “Since then I have facilitated the Design Thinking process for a

variety of projects at my school and with faculty across disciplines. The

difference in student engagement is staggering; students who tend to be

passive have found their voices and are beginning to actualize their potential

right in front of my eyes. Our next step is to have students use the Design

Thinking process to explore and address practical problems for stakeholders in

our learning communities. “


For the first time, HFLI will offer its popular Introduction to Design Thinking for

Educators workshop in San Antonio, Texas. This experience helps teachers and

other school leaders learn how this creative problem solving process can be

used to engage students in challenging projects that foster innovation and

creative confidence.


In Detroit, HFLI’s summer professional development opportunities will again

include Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators and Innovation

Collaborative for Design Thinking workshops. For the first time, HFLI will offer

Innovation Leaders, an immersive experience created for educators and

administrators who want to develop skills and techniques to lead innovation

with empathy; participants will work together to identify opportunities for

change in their schools and design small-scale prototypes that have the

potential to lead to big-scale change.


Ninety-seven percent of past HFLI workshop participants report that they

would recommend the experience to a colleague.