Design Thinking Certificate Programme for School Leaders – Unleash

Design Thinking Certificate Programme for School Leaders

December 2019

Target Participants

This programme admits 20 primary/secondary schools, each to be represented by a principal/vice principal and a panel head. Priority will be given to government schools, aided or direct subsidy schools.

Prior knowledge of design thinking is desirable but not essential. You will receive around two-hour of pre-work, including reading, video viewing, and preparation of an initial personal learning plan to document your aspirations, actions and reflections. Participants may choose to attend an optional half-day introduction to design thinking on 7 Dec prior to the workshop.

The Programme

Part 1: Workshop (10 – 11 Dec 2019)

Venue: Room 603-4, K.K. Leung Building , The University of Hong Kong

This will be a highly-interactive, multi-modal workshop, including energizers and times for reflection . Led by a professional team of international and local experts, you will learn how design thinking can be applied in the local school context as:

  • a pedagogy to motivate learning across different disciplines and nurture 21st century skills
  • a creative problem solving process to address daily school challenges>
  • a way of working to foster a collaborative school culture

Day 1 of the workshop will aim at understanding yourself as a school leader, the school as a learning ecosystem as well as the design thinking process.

Day 2 of the workshop will focus on developing an action plan to school change by applying design thinking and gathering feedback to the plan.

Part 2: School Check-ins (Jan – Mar 2020)

Applying the workshop learning, participants will work on the action plan to tackle a school challenge under the guidance of the trainers. There will be two onsite school check-ins (around 2 hours each), and a peer-to-peer support system in addition to the professional coaching from the trainers.

Part 3: Debriefing (Apr 2020)

The programme will be concluded with a half-day debriefing session to reflect and share the learning experiences. The expert team will provide feedback and suggestions to the participants.

Admission Fee

Free admission with a deposit of $1500, refundable upon satisfactory completion of the programme.

Application Deadline

Please apply online by 26 Nov. Successful applicants will be informed by 29 Nov. Apply

The Trainers

Prof. Joseph Chan
Programme Director, Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China, HKU

Dr Ernest Lo
Founder, Future Impact Lab Limited, Lecturer, Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation, HKU

Dr Kaleb Rashad
Director of Creative Leadership at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education

Peter Worth
Learning experience designer, Former co-director of School Retool