DESIGN-ED will hold it's second annual conference at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia on June 27-28, 2014.
Last year's conference featured high-quality, high-energy presentations on design education and we're excited to report that participants have asked for more. Based on the feedback that we received, DESIGN-ED has been working with our host partner, the University of the Arts, to offer hands-on workshops. We will be moving to a new location within the campus that will allow us to offer multiple workshops simultaneously. Stay tuned for announcements. Tickets will go on sale in March and the conference website will be available in late March with information on the venue, curators/speakers, accommodations, and more.
This year, we're inviting you to submit proposals for your own hands-on workshop or poster/exhibit session. The deadline for submissions is April 30! (note that accepted workshop leaders will receive a discount of $100 and poster session presenters $50)
This year's conference theme is "Integration Through Design". It is the core belief of the DESIGN-ED coalition that teaching design creates a bridge across all curricular areas, making connections for authentic learning to occur. The "Integration Through Design" theme will serve to reinforce this position and act as a lever for attendees who already agree with this philosophy or are curious as to how they can achieve greater cross-curricular success in their classrooms and schools.
On Friday the speakers and workshops will focus on "Today", involving best practices—what is working in classrooms today and what resources educators have at their disposal. On Saturday the focus will be on "Tomorrow" addressing what the current students in our classrooms will need to help them succeed and future predictions on what education could look like in the next decade. This discussion is already taking place in the United Kingdom, Finland, Korea, China, Singapore, among other countries around the globe. If we are to prepare today's students for tomorrow's world, one thing is sure—design will be an essential part of that world. Integrating their education through the study and implementation of design is an effective way to prepare them to stay ahead in the competitive world of tomorrow.
KEYNOTES, WORKSHOPS, UNCONFERENCE, POSTER SESSION, LESSON SWAP
Keynote speakers will act as the weekend's guest curators. In addition to workshops, we will bring back the "Unconference" allowing time for emerging conversations to take place. There will also be a Poster/Exhibit session offering a gallery show of model lessons and programs that integrate design and other academic subjects, as well as a lesson "swap meet", where you can trade your favorite lessons with other educators.
REACHING OUR GOAL
It is our ultimate goal to see that design is taught in K-12 schools. In order to accomplish this goal, a writing team has been working this year to develop a curricular framework for K-12 design education, collecting research data about the effectiveness of teaching design, and establishing an advocacy plan. To conclude the weekend's events, the team will report on their progress. In addition, the DESIGN-ED Board of Directors will be introduced.
June 26, Thursday (Pre-conference)
All Standards Writing teams will convene in the morning and present their report to the Board of Directors in the afternoon.
June 27, Friday
The General Conference events will kick off at the Caplan Center for Performing Arts with our Friday Keynote Curator, who will introduce the audience to the "Today" focus. Morning workshops will immediately proceed in Terra Hall. Lunch will be provided, followed by a speaker. Afternoon workshops will commence and at their conclusion, attendees will participate in an Unconference session and/or visit our Poster/Exhibit Gallery.
June 28, Saturday
The Saturday Keynote Curator will introduce the audience to the "Tomorrow" focus, followed by morning workshops. Lunch will be provided, followed by a report by the K-12 Design Education Writing Team. Afternoon workshops will commence and at their conclusion, attendees will participate in an Unconference session and/or visit our Poster/Exhibit Gallery. The conference will conclude in the Caplan Center for closing remarks and next steps.
If all of this sounds like the kind of educational conference you've been waiting for, then join us on June 27 and 28. Can't make it for both days? One day passes will be available for purchase up to a week before the event!