Oakland Schools creates design thinking program for teachers

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Mary Zaleski

Director of Communication Services

Press Release
For Immediate Release

d. Solve launches July 22

Oakland Schools District and School Services is pioneering an innovative approach to learning by starting a new program called d.Solve to show local teachers and students the value of design thinking, a creative problem-solving process.

Design thinking addresses challenges by finding solutions through looking at the human need behind the issue.

“d.Solve supports teachers and students in building essential skills necessary for success,” said JaCinda Sumara, Career Readiness consultant for Oakland Schools. “By inspiring creativity and bringing together diverse groups of learners, d.Solve participants are challenged to create human-centered solutions around complex and ambiguous problems.”

Fifteen teachers from Oak Park Schools, Southfield Public Schools, Pontiac School District, Royal Oak Schools and West Bloomfield School District were chosen through a selection process. The program is funded through a grant provided by the Oakland Schools Education Foundation, a nonprofit which supports core educational programs.

The program starts on July 22 with a visit to General Motors’ Innovation Xchange in Detroit and ends in April 2020. It provides opportunities for participants to understand users, challenge assumptions and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions. Participants leave with a skill set that will support them in:

  • navigating challenges.
  • learning from others.
  • processing information.
  • experimenting.
  • building and crafting models.
  • communicating.
  • designing solutions.

For more information on Oakland Schools District and School Services, visit

https://www.oakland.k12.mi.us/educators/student-services/career-readiness.

About Oakland Schools
Oakland Schools is a regional service agency that offers support services to school personnel which are best delivered regionally and provide cost, size and quality advantages to those we serve. Oakland Schools is an autonomous, tax-supported public school district governed by Michigan General School Laws and is one of 56 intermediate school districts (ISDs) established in Michigan in 1962.

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