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K12 lab Design Thinking Institute June 7-9

The K12 Lab has been training educators in design thinking for the past ten years at Stanford University’s d.school, and we are thrilled to announce that they will be hosting their first international Design Thinking Institute at Concordia this summer, catered to educators in the greater Asia-Pacific region.

The program will take place June 7–9, 2019. We will be offering one three-day experience with two separate tracks for participants to choose from: An Introduction to Design Thinking best suited for educators, and Multi-Stakeholder Design, suited for community partners in the non-profit sector.

An Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators

This introductory workshop is designed to help educators build creative confidence and equity awareness that can be applied upon return to their local contexts. This intensive workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn design thinking by tackling a real world problem, connect with like-minded educators from across our network, apply high- quality resources, and develop a plan for how to implement the process and mindsets of design thinking in their local context.

Workshop participants will hit the ground running with a real-world innovation challenge. Using design thinking as an innovative framework, attendees will experiment with new tools through two hands-on challenges. Between lively activities and exercises, facilitators will tie in moments of reflection for participants to collect, process, and share learning with teammates. By the workshop’s close, we expect all attendees to leave with an understanding of the key tenets of design thinking and spend a full day transferring what they learned to their classrooms, schools, and beyond. The arc of this program is best suited to K-12 school- based educators with limited-to-no experience with design thinking.

Multi-Stakeholder Design

It’s impossible to truly see the world through someone else’s eyes, but to make systemic and equitable change, we need to be adept at considering the experiences of multiple stakeholders. Running into perspectives that are at odds with our own awareness and understanding of power and privilege can be uncomfortable. It is also natural to be more aware of some stakeholders than others and often overlook the needs of those marginalized in our society. In this track, you will learn to identify and include more stakeholders, address the tension that arises between viewpoints, and craft solutions that meet the needs of those groups most affected by a problem. You’ll come to understand your stakeholder ecosystem better, how to address tensions between and across points of view and levels of privilege, and how to craft inclusive, equitable solutions. Expect to leave with a plan for how to move the project forward after class.

Stanford d.school Facilitators: 

Ariel Raz is driven by the belief that teaching is a creative profession. He taught middle school math with Teach for America in New Orleans and was a founding member of KIPP Bloom in the Chicago Southside. In 2014 Ariel began a master's program in learning, design & technology that culminated in iCanGo, a story building tool for parents of children on the Autism spectrum. He is now a Senior Learning Experience Designer with the K12 Lab Network at the Stanford d.school, where he leads new experiments in professional development.


Devon began her career in education as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where she first saw the power of inspiring students through hands-on, experiential learning. Realizing the need to engage with educators to catalyze change in their own schools, Devon joined the d.school team in 2014 she now works as the Program Manager for the K12 Lab Network. From leading the international Shadow a Student Challenge to delivering innovative professional development to educators through Discover Design Thinking workshops, Devon feels lucky to work with the K12 Lab Network where every day she is surrounded by educators striving to improve the world around them for their students.

Workshop Details

Dates: June 7,8,9
Time: 8am-4pm each day

Cost: $800 per person
Fee Includes:

  • 3-day workshop
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks each day
  • Access to all materials from the workshop

Register here

*Registration and payment deadline is 5pm on May 28th

Location, Visas, Travel & Accomodation


Visitor's Entrance:

345 Huangyang Road
Jinqiao, Pudong, Shanghai 201206


上海浦东金桥 黄杨路345号

Mailing Address:

999 Mingyue Road
Jinqiao, Pudong, Shanghai 201206


中国浦东(201206)金桥 明月路999号


Visas and Travel:

Participants coming from outside  of China will need to obtain a tourist visa.  Information on Chinese visas can be found at http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/.

Individuals  are expected to make their own travel arrangements, but please feel free to contact us if you require assistance in obtaining the necessary entrance visas.

Shanghai is served by two international airports with daily flights from many Chinese cities, most Asian capitals and many other American and European destinations.  The closest airport to Concordia is Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). A taxi from the airport to the local hotels should cost less than 150 RMB.  It’s around a 40 minute drive from PVG to Concordia and Shanghai Honqiao International Airport (SHA) is a 60-90 minute drive depending on traffic.


We recommend the following hotels, which are within close proximity to Concordia. Contact the sales representative listed below directly and mention that you will attend a design thinking workshop at Concordia to receive a corporate rate.

Ramada Plaza Pudong
18 Jin Qiao Road, Pudong, Shanghai
Price starting from RMB 800/per night including one breakfast
Rooms types are subject to availability

Bookings can be made via email through Lily Li, Senior Sales Manager. Hotel contact information is as follows:
Lily Li, Senior BQT Sales Manager

Telephone: +86 (0) 21 5055 4666
Email: lily@ramadaplazapd.com

The Ramada Plaza is about a 15-minute walk from the Concordia campus.

Green Court Serviced Apartments
Lane 1199, Biyun Road, Pudong Shanghai,
Price starting from RMB 800/per night including one breakfast
Rooms types are subject to availability

Bookings can be made via email through Will Li, Sales Manager. Hotel contact information is as follows:
Will Li, Sales Manager

Telephone: +86 15692199717
Email: will.li@greencourtchina.com

These apartments are located a 10-minute walk from campus.

Marriott Pudong East
15 Xin Jinqiao Road, Pudong, Shanghai
Price starting from RMB 1200/per night including one breakfast
Rooms types are subject to availability

Bookings can be made via email through Queeny Li, Sales Manager. Hotel contact information is as follows:
Queeny Li, Sales Manager

Telephone: +86 21 6036 8888
Email: queeny.li@marriott.com

The Marriott is located across the street from the Ramada, about a 15-minute walk from the Concordia campus.

Le Ville Recidence Serviced Apartment
Lane450, HongFeng Road, Green City, Pudong District, Shanghai
Price starting from RMB 540/per night including one breakfast
Rooms types are subject to availability

Booking can be made via email through Julian Ji, Sales Manager. Contact information is as follows:
Julian Ji, Sales Manager

Email: jichengyi@yango.com.cn

   These apartments are located a 8-minute walk from Concordia campus.

All reservations should be guaranteed by Credit Card (complete number and expiry date).
Cancellation of guaranteed booking must be acknowledged by the hotel with a cancellation number by 18:00 PM hotel time 1 day prior to the arrival date, failing which one night’s room rate with tax will be levied.