Harlin and Sandeep will manage the schedule, materials and equipment for the design space, as well as lead skill building lessons. Design Leads may enlist Harlin and/or Sandeep to partner teach a project based based on the specific project's equipment or instructional needs.
The administrative team will attend design team meetings, provide communications regarding the design program and support for the continuity and quality of the program. The administrative team will also coordinate with the design team and community or parent experts.
Molly B. Zielezinski PhD has spent more than a decade teaching and researching technology, design and learning in K-12. She recently earned a PhD from Stanford in Learning Sciences & Technology Design where she spent five years working on the strategic implementation of design thinking throughout the state of Utah. In her research on this program, her team identified the profound potential of design thinking as vehicle for authentic problem solving that promotes creative confidence and scaffolds empathy driven solution finding. Today, she works in partnership with schools, districts, technology companies and other organizations to support the continuous improvement of their curriculum, processes and products by introducing and amplifying a research-based approach to their work on the ground.
In Woodside, Molly brings her years of experience to the table training new teachers on the design thinking process and mindsets. She also works with the Design Leadership Team, supporting the Woodside Design Initiative by providing research-based resources, training, and professional support when and where it is needed.
Students will move through a progression of “Skill Builders” that build design skills from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Additionally, students will be involved in grade-level projects taking them through the design process: Find It, Sketch It, Build It, and Share It.
Benefits of the Design Program
Assist students in the development of skills needed for a changing world; understanding that professionals today work in cross-disciplinary teams on adaptive challenges that constantly shift;
Design projects provide context and experience in academic work, critical thinking, collaboration, iteration, analysis, and reflection;
Students enjoy the flexibility to explore ideas through personal strengths and learning styles;
Students are able to build and foster relationships within the community.
Find It — Identify a problem to be solved by using the design process
Sketch It — Explore ideas and possible solutions
Build It — Create a prototype of the design and refine prototype based on feedback
Share It — Communicate and assess the process and purpose of the design
Creative space — Our design lab houses the equipment and tools that allow students to fully execute their ideas
The program is lead by a collaborative group of administrators, teacher leads, and the technology department. This approach allows for optimal opportunities to create experiences that maximize student potential for creativity and learning.