Empowering learners to think creatively, work collaboratively with others, and implement innovations. 

Deborah Parizek Recognized by Crain's Detroit Business

HFLI's Executive Director  Deborah Parizek  was selected for Crain's Detroit Business' Notable Women in Nonprofits feature. She was recognized as  a "design-oriented and inclusive leader who leads by example ."

MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge Community Expo

Help us develop more strong black male educators for Detroit's youth.
 
Don't miss the My Brother's Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge Expo on February 12! 

Support HFLI and Black Male Educators Alliance of Michigan as we pitch our idea for a chance to win $50k in funding. 

Evolving Perceptions of Design Thinking: A Graphic Story
In a new article, HFLI Associate Director Jordan Butler poses a tongue-in-cheek question: 
Does Design Thinking have substance, or is it as disappointing as a re-gifted fruitcake?
Over the last 13 years practicing and teaching Design Thinking, we have seen it evolve - for good and bad. Our team continues to reach more nuanced understandings of it as a discipline. Through it all, we regularly observe the power this framework can have to help people create transformational change. 
By defining what it's not, and sharing graphics that help tell the story, Jordan brings clarity and accessibility to Design Thinking as a dynamic framework. 
How Will You Create Deeper Learning and Stronger Schools for Your Students?  

HFLI's 2019 Summer Design Thinking Workshops are multi-day, hands-on professional development experiences in Detroit and San Antonio - workshops for educators, by educators and designers:

Detroit: July 22-24
San Antonio: August 5-7
A 3-day experience that provides K-20 educators with an in-depth introduction to design thinking and how it can be used to engage students in meaningful thinking, learning and doing. Using an immersive learning approach, participants will develop key skills and gain access to a comprehensive set of instructional tools and materials.

Detroit: July  25-26
San Antonio: August  8-9
A 2-day experience for school leaders and transformational educators who want to use design thinking to address a specific challenge and enact change in their schools, build complementary skills (systems thinking, rapid prototyping, change management), and work collaboratively.

Sign up now and take advantage of our Early Bird pricing! Group discounts are also available for groups of 5 or more. And if you are a teacher from a Title I school, you can receive a substantial discount to make our professional learning experiences more accessible. Contact us at designthinking@hfli.org to learn more.
Designing a Team Event: The HFLI Mocktail Challenge

" What started as an idea to fully engage all our team members turned into a hilarious and delicious experience!"

Identifying inclusive, cost-conscious, and social team-building activities can be a real struggle for diverse work teams. Perspectives on "fun" can differ from person to person.

Take a creative cue from a recent HFLI event for your next team gathering or evening with friends. 



Envision Futures with us at Deeper Learning 2019

J oin us for a daylong co-creation session at the Deeper Learning Conference (March 27-29) to consider a complicated question:
How can we bring together diverse stakeholders to create and advance equitable learning environments for our students and our communities?

Immerse yourself in interactive activities designed to help you imagine provocative future scenarios and ideate meaningfully.

This is an extended version of a dynamic workshop we held in September 2018 for a wide range of stakeholders in Detroit. Watch the video to learn more!
HFA Students Shine in Scholastic Art Awards 

High school students at Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design will brought home nine regional honors ( 1 Gold Key;  4 Silver Keys;   4 Honorable Mentions) at the San Antonio Scholastic Art Awards ceremony  on February 1st. 

The school recently placed in the top five Best Arts Schools in Texas by Niche -- and the best arts school in San Antonio!
 
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