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Teacher Professional Development

The Design Lab presents future focus summitThe Design Lab offers teacher development opportunities for educators interested in bringing design thinking into their classrooms. As this program grows, we plan to offer programs both in education about design and education through design. We will be gathering feedback from teacher professional development workshop participants to determine future offerings. These workshops are intended to guide teachers in developing hands-on lessons that use the design process to engage students in lasting learning that meets curricular standards in any subject area. Teachers in all grade levels and academic areas of study are welcome and encouraged to attend. Certificates of participation will be provided for teachers seeking Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Upcoming Teacher Professional Development Programs

Future Focus Summit

Educators are invited to join the Design Lab on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. for the first Future Focus Summit! We are hosting this brand-new, FREE event at NC State College of Design especially for teachers, school counselors, career development coordinators, and other educators to engage with faculty and staff at the College of Design.

Why are we calling it the “Future Focus Summit”?

  • We at the College of Design want to connect with our future students and their current educators
  • Teachers and School Counselors want to know about college and career options their students can pursue for their future
  • Study in Design embodies the mastery of all 21st Century Skills and prepares students for careers in which they will solve problems of the future.

How do we best prepare our students for the unknown challenges of the future? We can prepare them to be agile creators, innovators and problem solvers through Design education! The Design Lab and College of Design want to collaborate with teachers to prepare more students for this kind of future.

The summit will include presentations by faculty members from each of the 5 major areas of study here at the College of Design, an overview of the admissions process, and a Q + A panel of faculty and staff. The Future Focus Summit will include:

  • Informative presentations from faculty in each department at the College of Design (Architecture, Art + Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Landscape Architecture), providing an overview of the different kinds of design that students can study at NC State
  • Info on career potential in each area of design – What kinds of jobs can you get with a design degree? What is a career in design like? Can you make a living as a designer?
  • Reasons why your students might want to pursue a degree in Design at NC State.
  • Ways your students can get involved while in middle school and high school and why it’s important to encourage that extracurricular learning
  • An overview of what the admissions process is like, and what is involved in getting into the College of Design
  • A Q+A panel with faculty and staff presenters, to answer questions you might have and engage in discussion on how we can support students’ futures in design.

The event is FREE. The program will last from 4:00–6:00 p.m. We will provide CEU certificates for those who attend in person, which will be available at the end of the program. We hope to record a live stream of the program online for those who are unable to attend in person.

REGISTER for this event here (whether you are attending in person or online). You must register in advance to receive CEUs and to receive a link to the live stream. We will send important updates on the event to those who register, using the email address provided.

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Previous Teacher Professional Development Programs

Making Design Work in the Classroom

This workshop is for K-12 teachers of any subject area who want to incorporate design-based strategies and activities in their classrooms. The hands-on, three-hour session will address how design activities can contribute to the student achievement of local and nations standards and assessment in a variety of disciplines. This workshop may be eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).