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Design Thinking: Rapid Prototyping Workshop
Amy Botula and Stephanie Nudelman

Monday, June 20, 2016 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 21, 2016 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702
Chicago, IL 60601

Registration Update as of 6/3:
There is one remaining spot for this workshop. Register today to secure your space before we start a waitlist. If you are trying to register more than one person at the same time, the system will not allow you to do so. Please register one person separately and then register any other people, who will be placed on a waitlist. Please call the ISACS office with any questions at 312-750-1190.

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

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to work directly with design thinking experts without the expense of traveling to California.  We are bringing the experts to ISACS!

Date and Time
Monday, June 20: 9;30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, June 21: 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 36 participants.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to be one of 36 educators to gain deep understanding of the design process in order to bring this expertise back to your school! As this workshop quickly filled to capacity last June, we encourage you to register early to avoid being on the wait list!

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 invite a cross-disciplinary group of K-12 educators.

Amy Botula is a career educator, writer, and advocate for the arts. She comes with 16 years of experience working across K-12 classrooms including leading departments and grade-alike clusters, developing and implementing district-wide curricula, and supporting staff in a building-wide overhaul of literacy instruction. Most recently, Botula served as implementation supervisor for The Right Brain Initiative, an arts integration education program in Portland, Oregon. Her main role with Breaker is to provide training and coaching support for the growing community of design-minded educators in Oregon.

Stephanie Nudelman has taught high school English in Chicago Public Schools, coached slam poets with Young Chicago Authors, developed an English language program in Kolkata, India with Apne Aap Women Worldwide, and helped create the Literacy Content Framework with the CPS Department of Literacy. She has designed and facilitated social innovation workshops with Breaker for the past three years, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Education Policy at Columbia University, Teachers College.

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. To secure discounted rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit 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
To make a hotel reservation, book a room at the Club Quarters for the lowest rates. For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact Member Services at 203-905-2100 anytime between Mon.-Fri. 7am-11pm, Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 10am-6pm (Eastern) or you can email them at Make sure to identify yourself as a member of ISACS - Independent Schools Association of the Central States. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations. Click here to make a reservation and for more details on Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan. Click here for directions and parking information.For directions to the Club Quarters, which also includes walking directions to the ISACS classroom, click here

If you are looking for another option or the room block is full, please take a moment to check out the other hotels that the ISACS Professional Development team has partnered with in the Chicago area. The hotels are within walking distance of the ISACS classroom and as a member of ISACS you have access to the discounted rates all year long for your professional and personal travel. Click here to find out how to make a reservation at any of the hotels and select the option that meets your travel needs. We recommend booking your hotel room early. 

If you have any issues booking a room at the Club Quarters or any other property, please contact 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 member fee
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $50 discount.
  • Meals included in the workshop include: breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below.

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the workshop has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.

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


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