Woodside Priory School

An important part of design thinking is to work on problems that matter to students, and, at Woodside Priory, that is where the journey began. Lime Design hosted a series of in-class design thinking sessions for the senior projects. Students learned to apply the design thinking process as they gained empathy for their peers and designed solutions for them.

“I personally am invigorated by the limitless possibilities of Design Thinking for education, but know that in the immediate moment you’ve helped us frame some of the needs of the senior project. Thank you for your energy. I look forward to a long collaboration and can’t wait to learn more.”

– Scott Parker, Dean of Students

After the success of that effort, Lime Design was invited back to work with the boarding students to redesign their laundry room experience. This workshop was filled with laughter, lots of energy, and innovative ideas. The laundry room is now functioning extremely well, after the ideas generated at the workshop were implemented.

The Wine & Design Evening was Lime Design’s third workshop at Priory. Twenty-five staff members experienced a slice of design thinking. They learned brainstorming skills and challenged their assumptions in this lively and well-received evening.

Our partnership with Woodside Priory School continued in the 2010-11 school year, with staff workshops and bi-weekly coaching sessions with department teams. The professional development work culminated with Fail Forward Friday, a whole school day focused on reconceptualizing failure as a learning opportunity. The goal of Fail Forward Friday was for faculty members to try an instructional strategy that pushed them outside of their pedagogical comfort zone and engage in intellectual risk-taking. It was an incredible learning experience for everyone. The teachers celebrated both the failures and the successes of the day, and modeled the resilience that real-world problem solving demands.

We are excited to continue our work with Priory’s school leaders, teachers, and students as they grow as design thinkers and integrate the process into the classroom and school culture.

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