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    The Design Thinking StudioChats are Free  | The Series is Facilitated by SummerStudio Faculty in Collaboration with Guest Designers and Educators 
    Welcome Art and Design K-18 Educators!
    We are delighted to invite you into our homes as you virtually experience our inspirational monthly Design Thinking StudioChat sessions. Join us as we explore how design thinking methodologies are being applied in education and industry from multiple perspectives—including design thinking visionaries, practitioners, former SummerStudio participants, DIG members & grant recipients, museum educators, and beyond.

    StudioChat  |  June 2, 2020
    We are delighted to invite you into our homes as we virtually experience our first inspirational Design Thinking StudioChat Guest Presenter, Gayle DeBruyn! 

    Wicked Problems, Design Thinking, and Circular Economy Strategies for Education
    William McDonough, an architect and globally recognized leader in sustainable development, is famous for saying, "Design is the first signal of human intention." 

    How might we, as educators, introduce and inspire our students to consider careers
    in design through the lens of art and culture? 

    Careers that flourish in trans-disciplinary teams, working to respond to the system disruptors of global pandemics, climate change, and social inequity. During this StudioChat, we will look at how design can lead our thinking in the ways we source, assemble, use, and discard materials—from historic responses of repair, and cultural aesthetics, to a fresh business model that moves us from an extractive industrial linear practice to a restorative circular model, building economic, natural and social capital. 

    Gayle DeBruyn is a Professor and Sustainability Officer for KCAD in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ms. DeBruyn is Chair of the Collaborative, Furniture, and Master of Arts in Design Programs. In addition to teaching, Gayle is on the planning team for the Wege Prize—and is a key designer and curriculum committee member of the Grand Rapids Public Museum School, a $10,000,000 XQ Super School award recipient. She is the past president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum. Currently, she serves on the leadership committees for the Community Sustainability Partnership and the United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise for the City of Grand Rapids. 

    To register, please sign into your Google account and complete this form no later than 6 PM on Thursday, May 28, 2020. A recording of the Zoom session and blog conversations will be posted on this website.

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    A Certificate of Completion will be available for each 1-hour PD session upon request.
    Questions? Please contact Rande Blank, Past-DIG Chair at or (215) 530-8085

    7:15  Meeting Room Opens
    7:30  Welcome!
    7:35  Meet the StudioChat Facilitators
    7:40  StudioChat Guest Presentation
    8:00  Interactive Discussion
    8:25  Wrap Up and Announcements

    StudioChat Facilitators

    Rande Blank  |  Associate Professor, Director, MAT Art + Design Education, University of the Arts; Past-Chair, NAEA Design Interest Group; Higher Education, Pennsylvania Art Education Association Member; Design-Ed Board Member

    Gayle DeBruyn  |  Program Chair, KCAD Furniture, Collaborative Design, Master of Art and Design, Chief Sustainability Officer; Co-Developer of XQ Super School, Grand Rapids Public Museum School 

    Dr. Jan Norman  |  Founding Director, Design for Thinking Teaching Institute; Past-Chair NAEA Design Interest Group; Former Eastern Region Vice President, NAEA; Former President, Pennsylvania Art Education Association

    Carrie Ann Power  |  Art and Design Education Consultant; Retired Visual and Performing Arts Associate South Carolina Department of Education; NAEA Design Interest Group Member; South Carolina Arts Alliance Board Member

    Dr. Cindy Todd  |  Art Education, KCAD; Co-Developer of XQ Super School, Grand Rapids Public Museum School; NAEA Art Educator of the Year; Former Western Region Vice President, NAEA; Former President, Michigan Art Education Association

    Doris Wells-Papanek  |  Chair, NAEA Design Interest Group; Founder and Director, Design Learning Network; Design Challenge Facilitator; Design Research and Strategy Consultant; Design-Ed Board Member 

    Design Thinking StudioChat Series Support Provided by NAEA Design Interest Group and SummerStudio Faculty