Interview
Molly McMahon, Program Director at IDEO and a leading voice at The Teachers Guild, talks about creativity in the classroom and the creative teachers that bring life to local schools. The Guild is run by by IDEO’s Design for Learning Studio and Riverdale Country School’s Delta Group. They are a team of educators and designers, inspired by teachers across the globe who are innovating every day. The Guild gives a special shout out to those who dare to experiment with The Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit.

Interviewee

 

Molly McMahon is a Program Director at IDEO and is a part of the team at The Teachers Guild, in cooperation with IDEO’s Design for Learning Studio and Riverdale Country Schools Delta Group, supporting creativity and design within the teaching profession.

 

Interviewer

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Dr. Rod Berger is a global education media personality featured on the edCircuit, in EdTech Review India, Scholastic’s District Administrator and on RFD TV’s Rural Education Special. As an industry personality Dr. Berger has interviewed Ministers of Education, leading voices like Sir Ken Robinson, U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan, AFT President Randi Weingarten and others.

 
 
Theme
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Overview
 
The 2015 Sparking Creativity & Curiosity in Students and Schools theme is led by The Teachers Guild. The Teachers Guild is a community for teachers who are daring to design new solutions for our students, schools, and the greater system every day. It’s where teachers use design thinking to tackle their biggest questions. They form teams, make each others’ ideas better, select favorite solutions, and share their reflections. It’s an initiative of IDEO’s Learning Studio and Riverdale Country School’s Delta Group and the goal is simple. Bring teachers together to collaborate on 30 education challenges in three years. Together, we will amaze our students, schools and system with better solutions designed by and for teachers.
 
Core Programming
 
Launch of the second Teachers Guild Collaboration: Sparking Student Curiosity: Join a vibrant, creative and innovative community of educators around the country in using a design thinking framework to create impactful ways to spark student curiosity. The collaboration will take place online on The Teachers Guild website, where the community will have the opportunity to brainstorm, prototype, and refine their ideas before favorites are selected. #SparkCuriosity. Runs all month long.

The Teachers Guild Book Club – October Reading: Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era: How can teaching and learning be enhanced through creative thinking and processes, unlikely juxtapositions, and cross-disciplinary perspectives? Join us for an evening of experimentation, exchange, and critical dialogue including over a dozen immersive experiences in the galleries led by contemporary artists, Museum educators, curators, and technologists and a TASK Party organized by artist Oliver Herring. Runs all month long.

Educator Event: Creativity Now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Design Thinking workshop led by The Teachers Guild Teacher Coaches: How can teaching and learning be enhanced through creative thinking and processes, unlikely juxtapositions, and cross-disciplinary perspectives? Join us for an evening of experimentation, exchange, and critical dialogue including over a dozen immersive experiences in the galleries led by contemporary artists, Museum educators, curators, and technologists and a TASK Party organized by artist Oliver Herring. Friday October 7, 4-7 PM Eastern.

Tweet Up on Sparking Student Curiosity: In anticipation of the Innovative Learning Conference, join The Teachers Guild on Twitter to share and build on each other’s ideas around sparking student curiosity. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #SparkingCuriosity. Friday October 8, All Day.

Beginning of the Select Phase of The Teachers Guild second collaboration: Sparking Student Curiosity:After collecting inspiration, brainstorming, prototyping and evolving concepts and solutions to spark student curiosity, favorite ideas submitted to The Teachers Guild collaboration will be selected. #SparkCuriosity. October 20th-30th.

Tweet Up on Sparking Student Curiosity: Join The Teachers Guild on Twitter to share photos from the 2015 Innovative Learning Conference and share favorite ideas and insights around sparking student curiosity. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #SparkCuriosity. Tuesday October 27, All Day.

 

 

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