Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops

  • Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
  • Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
  • Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
  • Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
  • Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
  • Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.
    Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops, spring 2015. Photo by Stan Strembicki.

Schools That Can is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding quality urban education through the engagement of urban educators, leaders in higher education, education innovators, and industry leaders.

In the spring of 2015, the Schools That Can St. Louis Regional Council teamed up with the Sam Fox School's Heather Corcoran (director of the College & Graduate School of Art, and the Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr. Professor of Art) and Liz Kramer (assistant director of community-based design and sustainability) and the University of Missouri-St. Louis' College of Education to develop a series of design thinking workshops for local educators. Putting the design thinking process into practice, the group met four times to collaboratively identify, research, and engage a new approach to common problems facing school systems.

The participants tackled a challenge that school leaders often don't consider: the bathroom. Looking into both cultural and physical design, the school leaders explored the experiences of students ranging from bullying to noisy toilets disrupting class, ultimately identifying solutions that integrated learning and social interactions into an under-appreciated space.

The Sam Fox School and University of Missouri-St. Louis collaborators plan to continue their work, expanding their reach and empower more school leaders to employ innovative design practices to impact their schools and communities.

Partners

Schools That Can
Saint Louis Public Schools
UMSL College of Education Collabitat

Media

UMSL College of Education release and brochure
Design Thinking: the bathroom and beyond, by WashU's Institute for School Partnership