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Teacher Innovation Showcase

See how Design Thinking can address common instructional challenges at your school!

March 16, 2023

Join us for Connecticut's first K-12 Teacher Innovation Showcase at WorkspaceCT in Bethel. The event will showcase the work of the first cohort of Teacher Innovation Studio, a six-month program that trains teachers to apply Design Thinking principles to identify and develop technological solutions for common instructional challenges impacting most classroom teachers.


This year’s cohort focused on the following problems:


  • How to build capacity and support for social emotional learning,

  • The challenges of delivering effective, timely feedback

  • How to increase meaningful student engagement,

  • Improving the effectiveness of teacher communications.


Attendees will hear about the program design, interact with our Teacher Innovation Champions, and learn how to enroll teachers from their school in the upcoming 2023 Cohort.

Teacher Innovation Studio

Design Thinking for Impact and Equity

Teacher Innovation Studio is a K-12 teacher training program led by Matthew Worwood, Professor of Digital Media Design and host of the Fueling Creativity podcast, that increases teacher agency in the classroom and supports the design and development of technological solutions with impact.


The program will promote teacher creativity as a core skill that supports increased teacher agency when designing and implementing technological solutions for the classroom.

Participants will apply Design Thinking principles as they develop and test a solution for a problem of practice impacting students in their classroom. The first phase consists of a one-week summer residency at Workspace in Bethel, CT. During this time, participants will develop ideas and identify strategies to test them in the classroom. Teachers will then return for a sequence of shorter workshops during Fall 2022 as they prepare for Connecticut's first annual Teacher Innovation Showcase. Upon completing the program, participants will receive recognition as a Design Champion of the Classroom with potential opportunities to return the following year as instructors.

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