Innovative Educator

Join a cohort of educators working together to bring design thinking and project-based learning to students across Rhode Island. Imagine the possibilities for your classroom. Keep an eye out for our next call for applications!


DownCity Design’s free Innovative Educator professional development fellowship brings together teachers from schools across RI for hands-on practice and personal project development. The Innovative Educator Fellowship will help prepare you to guide your students through the design process, from identifying a challenge they want to tackle through creating a solution that works.  Project-based learning using Design Thinking helps students develop these skills and provides them with a framework for tackling any problem they encounter, whether in school or in their lives beyond.


This fellowship will help teachers meet these Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards:

  • Pose questions that encourage students to view, analyze, and interpret ideas from multiple perspectives

  • Engage students in generating knowledge, testing hypotheses, and exploring methods of inquiry and standards of evidence

  • Use tasks that engage students in exploration, discovery, and hands‐on activities

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JANUARY 23, 2018 4-7pm
Innovative Educator Launch: Intro to Design Thinking in the Classroom

FEBRUARY 27, 2018 4-7pm
Developing Design Thinking Curricula for YOUR Classroom

MARCH 27, 2018 4-7pm
Fostering Collaboration, Building Consensus, Empowering Youth Voice

APRIL 24, 2018 4-7pm
Documentation + Assessment for Project-Based Learning

MAY 22, 2018 4-7pm
Reflection and Celebration