AICAD VIRTUAL Learning Lab – Creative Critical Thinking: Bringing Design Thinking Into the Classroom

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February 20, 2017 – Lee Ann Adams, Assistant Director / Programs & Operations

Join AICAD, NAEA, and speakers Michael Compton, Director of MindMarket at Columbus College of Art & Design and Judy Shafer, Art Education Advocate, on February 27, 2017 (7-8 pm ET) to participate in an ONLINE interactive design lesson entitled Creative Critical Thinking: Bringing Design Thinking Into the Classroom.

Participants tuning into the webinar will gain a theoretical and historical overview of Design Thinking, and will review ideas for how Design Thinking can become part of their professional development. They will discuss Design Thinking in relation to the art and design curriculum, and also broader lesson planning, child development, parent interaction, and collaboration with colleagues. While discussing some successes, the webinar will conclude with an honest look at the challenges facing teachers interested in incorporating Design Thinking in their profession.

the AICAD Virtual Learning Labs aim to teach K-12 art educators how to incorporate design concepts into the curriculum (based on the new arts and media arts standards), as well as offer educators an in-depth opportunity to observe and experience applications of design in the classroom – all ONLINE. AICAD faculty participate as the design experts and lead viewers through low tech, design-centered workshops that can be easily replicated in the K-12 art classroom. This will be the second webinar in a three part series leading up to the AICAD Live Learning Labs at the NAEA Convention in March 2017.

Creative Critical Thinking: Bringing Design Thinking Into the Classroom
Register HERE
FREE for NAEA Members; $49 for non-members


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.

*This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts