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Design Thinking:

a proven and repeatable methodology through which practitioners use empathy to define a problem, create and consider many possible solutions, and prototype and test those solutions.  
Education leaders are planning for not only what is urgent now—protecting the health and well-being of every child and staff member—but also for a renewed system that stands ready and resilient to meet the unique needs of today’s 21st century learners. Today’s specific challenge calls for an equity-focused, scenario-based framework of planning for an uncertain future as students return to school in the fall. 

Battelle for Kids and the’s K12 Lab at Stanford University are collaborating to bring a unique, interactive  learning experience to help school system leaders meet this extraordinary moment.  
Customized with Battelle for Kids, this three-part course –Design for Uncertainty– will be 12:00pm-3:00pm ET on July 14th, July 21st, and July 28th and is a virtual, team-based learning experience.

Project Outcomes:

  1. Apply Design Thinking. Teams will understand and practice the process and mindsets of human-centered design as an innovation methodology. Design thinking strategies will be applied to prepare for reopening in the fall of 2020 with suggestions for how to continue applying these methodologies throughout the school year.
  2. Deploy Scenario Planning. Using the driving forces and indicators present during the pandemic, a futures thinking framework will be used to develop possible conditions for the next two-three years of life in the United States.
  3. Prepare Fall Prototypes. Using scenario planning and design thinking abilities, teams will design and test prototypes for school reopening in the fall of 2020.


Design for Uncertainty is a three-part, virtual course
July 14 │ July 21 │ July 28

Participating in teams of three is highly encouraged.

  • $600 per person for the first team of three ($1,800 per team of three)

  • $500 per person for each subsequent team of three ($1,500 per team of three)

A limited number of equity scholarships are available to schools that serve a population of over 60% students of color. Complete the contact form below for more information and consideration. 


Teams will be guided by dedicated and Battelle for Kids facilitators. 


Laura McBain

Laura joined the’s K12 Lab Network after spending 10 years at High Tech High in San Diego, where she wore several hats, including Director of Education Leadership Academy at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. She has served as a principal of two HTH sites and has taught middle and high school classes in public charter and comprehensive schools. Laura was the architect of the Deeper Learning Conference, a 1200 person, adult learning experience.


Devon Young

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 team in 2014 she now works as the Program Manager for the K12 Lab Network.


Ariel Raz

Ariel Raz builds irresistible learning experiences that inspire learners to engage in creative work.  He currently works as Head of Learning Collaborations at the K12 Lab, part of Stanford University’s, and holds the title of lecturer at the School of Engineering. He’s had a number of education roles, from college tutor to Teach for America classroom teacher to school founder at KIPP Bloom, a middle school in the Chicago Southside.


Valerie Greenhill

Valerie is responsible for the strategy and oversight of 21st century design, delivery, and networks at Battelle for Kids. In that capacity, she leads the team’s work on Portrait of a Graduate, Portrait to Practice services, and the EdLeader21 Network.

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