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Inspirational keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities for educators, administrators, board members and stakeholders of network member schools will engage participants around design thinking, school change, board development, educational leadership, innovative technologies, contemporary ideas of Jewish pluralism, Israel curricula, modes of prayer education, special needs inclusion, early childhood education and more. 

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Monday, January 20 • 10:30am - 5:00pm
Design Thinking and Adaptive Leadership (in partnership with Upstart Bay)

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To gain exposure to the principles of Design Thinking and Immunity to Change in order to experience the mindsets and tools necessary to creatively navigate challenges and take advantage of opportunities in schools.


In order to respond to the needs of today's Jewish students and their families, our schools need to create flexible and resonant learning environments. We will expose participants to a taste of two powerful methodologies: Design Thinking offers a set of mindsets and tools that can help schools be more creative, collaborative, and relevant in creating new opportunities for their student and parent bodies. Immunity to Change offers a perspective on why change is difficult, and how to navigate its various challenges. Acquire tools from these two realms to explore the challenges and opportunities of building a culture of distributed leadership and creative thinking in your schools.


Begin your learning with the following article, written by Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, who encapsulates the fundamental principles of Design Thinking.

View a short video that demonstrates how Design Thinking mindsets are put into practice.

Do you have any questions you are thinking about? What problems are keeping you and your school up at night? Share some of your challenges or opportunities you are excited about here.


10:30am: Welcome and Warm-Up

11:00am: Design Thinking– Mindsets and Tools for Creativity and Change

Design Thinking, as defined by Tim Brown, the president and CEO of Ideo, is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. In this section of the day, participants will go through a full mini-design experience, and then unpack how the mindsets, tools, and methodologies can be applied to their work

12:30pm: Lunch

1:15pm: Using the Wisdom in the Room: Empathy interviewing and framing

Participants will explore the first two areas of the Design Thinking process more deeply, and will have the opportunity to interview each other, identify issues facing their schools, and frame challenges and opportunities

2:45pm: Break

3:00pm: Diagnosing the Self: Your role in the process

Using the Immunity to Change framework designed by Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey, which helps individuals and systems identify competing commitments and overcome obstacles to change, participants will explore the role that their hopes and fears play in the process of creating change in their school environments

4:30pm: Wrap-Up

5:00pm: Adjourn

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Maya Bernstein

Strategic Design Officer, UpStart Bay Area
Maya Bernstein is the Strategic Design Officer at UpStart Bay Area, which partners with entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established organization to re-design the experience and expression of Jewish life. Maya is a frequently published author, online and in print, in the field of Jewish innovation and social entrepreneurship. A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Maya has lived, taught, and spoken... Read More →

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UpStart's mission is to inspire and advance innovative ideas that contribute to the continued growth and vitality of Jewish life.

Monday January 20, 2014 10:30am - 5:00pm
Westchester A Westin LAX

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