Today, our team facilitated a new workshop we called Designing Your Year, for students entering the 9th and 10th grades. The workshop used design thinking principles to empower students in 9th and 10th grades to create their own plan for the coming school year, with clear goals and action steps.
We had the chance to attend an amazing training on Designing Your Life at SXSW EDU last spring. From this experience, we began to connect with educators around the country who were using this method with high school students.
We’ve developed a model from our work with high schoolers which proved to be a useful guide for our discussions:
This first Designing Your Year workshop proved to a huge success, with more than 60 students and parents engaged for more than 2 hours on a rainy Saturday morning.
Here are a few of the tools that our students used:
In addition, here is the discussion guide for our workshop with parents.
We are excited for the next workshop with students and parents.
One note: We are currently working with many 9th and 10th graders, coaching them through the college process. If you’d like to explore to know more about working with us, please feel free to reach out.
Additional resources that might be of interest: