'Hacking' Design-Based Thinking
Beijing City International School, Beijing
March 14-15, 2020

Workshop Outline

Our Goal - For participants to learn how to use design-based thinking to help students identify and address community problems and create 21st century learners.

Our Ideal Audience - Curriculum Coordinators, Tech Coaches, Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Welcome to the 'Hacking Design-Based Thinking' Workshop

While many international schools have targeted 21st century skills as being an important part of the curriculum; few have found ways to build them through authentic experiences that exist outside of school. Designing these experiences require processes and systems that provide students with the skills to identify problems; the ability to connect to local resources; and the chance to work across traditional academic subjects. Design-Based Thinking, a highly effective tool developed by Stanford and used int he most innovative schools and companies across the world, provides a framework for these experiences. In this workshop, participants will learn this highly effective process in an immersive experience themselves, as well as how to use the process with students.

Led by Kyle Wagner - a High Tech High trained innovative learning coach and one of China's foremost innovation consultants for international schools - the instruction provided will leave you with tools and strategies to:
  • Design authentic experiences for students
  • Develop and foster their 21st century skills
  • Assess and evaluate student learning
  • Incorporate curricular content and skills

The first day is intended to help participants understand the components of design-based thinking through real examples, reading / guided activities, and completing an immersive design challenge themselves.

The second day will provide participants the opportunity to develop their own design-based thinking challenge for students that connect subjects, integrate curriculum, and build 21st century skills.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend in cross-disciplinary or grade level teams. (Teams of 2-4)

2-Day Agenda

Day 1

Day 1

8:10 - 8:45Excerpt Debrief in small groups (sent before workshop)What are the characteristics of high-quality learning experiences for students? Groups complete a Socratic Seminar on readings sent ahead of time to answer the question.
8:45 - 9:10Mini Keynote - Five MindsetsThe Five New Mindsets. Mindsets for the 21st Century Teacher.
9:10 - 9:30Design BriefParticipants are provided with the Design Brief for their immersive experience in addition t how they will be evaluated.
9:30 - 10:00Break
10:00 - 11:30Design Challenge WorkTeams are guided through the design challenge by the facilitator with the opportunity to work through each stage.
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:00Group Presentations and EvaluationGroups present their products to the group and gain feedback. Use self and peer assessments to evaluate their process and product.
1:00 - 1:45Case Study(s) of design challengesThrough real case studies, participants are exposed to the activities, lessons, reflections, and student samples from actual design challenges
1:45 - 2:00BREAK
2:00 - 3:30DESIGN CHALLENEGE OUTLINE/WORK TIMEParticipants given time to develop their design challenges activities and lessons related to the STEAM design cycle.
3:30 - 4:00Reflect and DebriefParticipants identify their initial inquiries using red, yellow and grenn dots to signify questions that have been answered; questions that were partially answered, and burning questions they still have.

Day 2

Day 2

8:10 - 9:10Linking Design Challenges to Subject - Specific Content and AssessmentsParticipants learn how to integrate core curriculum into their design challenge and identify milestones for assessment. Participants also learn how to design formative and summative assessments to measure and evaluate student learning.
9:10 - 10:15DESIGN CHALLENGE WORK TIMEParticipants complete additional components of planning including
10:15 - 10:30Break
10:15 - 10:45Plan PresentationInterdisciplinary groups plan brief presentations for other groups on their design-based thinking experience.
10:45 - 11:45Group PresentationsGroups present experiences to other groups and gain feedback through a guided protocol.
11:45 - 12:00Reflection and Wrap upParticipants reflect on actionable next steps in the planning process and update task list for the group in order to gain traction back at school sites. Complete final evaluation.

Speaker Bio

Kyle Wagner is a Project-Based Learning and innovative learning consultant with the following areas of expertise:
  • PBL and Design - Thinking Design and Implementation
  • Innovative Program Development and Evaluation
  • Interdisciplinary Teaming and Development
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

Kyle is a visionary educator with over 13 years of experience in innovative learning environments and transformational school settings. His journey began in High Tech High, the most reputable project-based learning school in the world, where in a trans-disciplinary team he designed and implemented rigorous and authentic projects for students.

After falling in love with Asia on a Summer trip to Shenzhen, he vowed to take what he had learned from High Tech High abroad. He co-founded The Futures Academy in Beijing, and has worked with prominent international schools across Asia including YCIS, ESF, BCIS and SSIS to develop their own innovative programs and learning experiences.

Learn more about how he can help your school develop and grow 21st century learners at www.transformschool.com.

Hotel Reservation

The host school has recommended the following hotels:

No. 16 Jia, Xi Da Wang Road
Chao Yang District, 100124, Beijing
Tel: +86 10 8795 6688


61 Dongsanhuan Middle Road
Chaoyang District, 1000022, Beijing
Tel: +86 10 5863 8888


Notes with hotel reservation:
  • You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the workshop).
  • Transportation will not be provided during the workshop days. You and/or your colleague who registered the workshop will receive a notification email approximately a week before the conference with workshop information and direction to the host school.

Host School

No. 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022, PR China

Register Here!