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Design Thinking: Rapid Prototyping Workshop
Juliette LaMontagne and Ivan Cestero

Monday, June 22, 2015 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 23, 2015 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702
Chicago, IL

*** Update March 20 ***
As of March 20, the Rapid Prototyping Workshop has reached capacity.Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 to be placed on the waitlist. 

Gain deep understanding of design thinking by working with the top experts in the field.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to work with a d.fellow from Stanford’s without the expense of traveling to California.  We are bringing the experts to ISACS!

Date and Time
Monday, June 22: 9;30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, June 23: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Participants should make plans to attend the workshop in its entirety.

Who Should Attend
This two-day workshop is open to all. We seek a cross-disciplinary group of K-12 educators.

Why Attend
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience Stanford’s design thinking training without traveling to Stanford.  Due to the very active and interactive nature of the training, the workshop is limited to 30 participants.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to be one of 30 educators to gain deep understanding of the design process in order to bring this expertise back to your school!

Workshop Description
Critical thinking. Collaboration. Communication. The demands of the 21st century call on all of us to reframe how we learn, how we teach, and how we work. There is a profound disconnect between what and how students are taught in school today, versus what the world requires of them and what motivates them to think and perform innovatively. This workshop will teach educators how to design and implement solutions to real- world problems. The rapid-prototyping process has been successful in local, national, and global challenges as it introduces participants to a design process that lends immediacy and relevancy to learning. Participants will leave with new skills and abilities, ready for impact!

The two-day Rapid Prototyping workshop will:

  • develop a common language and process for design-driven innovation
  • emphasize the value of empathy in learning
  • introduce material constraint to unlock creativity
  • generate an atmosphere of playfulness and agility
  • demonstrate the application of standards-based assessment of non-cognitive skills

The emphasis is on learn-by-doing in this hands-on, prototype driven experience that will introduce participants to design thinking by working to solve challenges facing teachers, students, and schools.

This two-day workshop is open to all. We seek a cross-disciplinary group of K-12 educators.

Juliette LaMontagne
, Ed.D. Before launching Breaker, Juliette spent 15 years piloting learning experiments with the New York City Department of Education – as a classroom teacher, as a professional developer, and as a teacher trainer. Her innovative work in education is recognized byTED, where she is a senior fellow and the Institute  of Design at Stanford University where she is a d.fellow. She was named to the Public Interest 100 in 2012 and received excellence in teaching awards from Columbia University, Teachers College where she was a lecturer from 1999-2004. For more information, visit

Ivan Cestero pioneered the Social Innovation Program at Avenues: The World School in New York City. He has taught classes across the curricula specializing in   Social Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Design. His experience also includes teaching IB curriculum, Spanish at NYU, home-school instruction in Brazil, and language classes in Europe.

The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS classroom including driving, parking and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages and you can use to find discounted parking in the area prior to your arrival in downtown Chicago. If possible, we suggest you take public transportation.

‚ÄčGO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate.  The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not be eligible for the discounted rate, standard rates apply. Parties of two or more reserving at the same time receive a discount.  Please visit the website for more information.

Hotel Accommodations
Please make your own hotel reservations. ISACS has negotiated neighborhood rates as several nearby hotels that are within walking distance from the ISACS classroom. To review the hotels and select the one that best meets your needs, click here

If you have any questions about the hotels or need assistance with reservations, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. 

Please note that you should make your reservations early. June is a busy month in Chicago.

Registration Fee

  • $700 Member Fee
  • $800 Non Member Fee
  • There is no multi-person discount for this workshop
  • Meals included in the workshop include: breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-750-1190

Member Cost: $700     Non-member Cost: $800
Registration Deadline:  June 12, 2015


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