Design in Mind outlines a framework for a design thinking process that helps educators tackle complex challenges in their educational ecosystems step by step to quickly find fresh ideas and solutions. It invites readers to simultaneously think like educators and designers while centering inquiry, equity, equality and inclusion, supporting creative tension, and encouraging collaborative innovation.
"Design in Mind is the users' guide for a new and better future." —Jim Knight, senior partner, Instructional Coaching Group
“Through the intersection of design thinking and adaptive leadership, this powerful framework represents a breakthrough moment in early childhood educational reform. The idea of ‘digging beneath the surface’ as the initial step of the change process is where professional inquiry begins and seeking to solve problems for which there are no apparent solutions is where the adaptive leadership process begins. We should celebrate this game-changing educational innovation!” —Maurice Sykes, author of Doing the Right Thing for Children: Eight Qualities of Leadership
“As an educator in the field of design, I truly understand the lasting benefits of the Design in Mind process. Through guided steps and contextual examples, the authors clearly demonstrate how facing any dilemma from this solution-driven framework embraces multiple perspectives and gives rise to actionable change.” —Diane M. Spahn, director of education, Kodo Kids