Design Thinking in Schools

Design Thinking in Schools A Leader’s Guide to Collaborating for Improvement

John B. Nash
paper, 192 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-419-9
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cloth, 192 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-420-5
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School innovation expert John B. Nash demonstrates how design thinking can be adapted successfully by busy school leaders seeking student-centered solutions to a range of challenges. Based on a decade of work teaching school leaders nationally and internationally, Design Thinking in Schools shows how leaders can adopt a design thinking mindset to uncover problems and harness the ideas and energy of students and other stakeholders to create unique, effective solutions within a single semester or school year.


Schools were not built for the adults who work there. They were built for the students and the communities they serve. John Nash provides a ‘how-to’ guide for using design thinking principles in our schools. When we understand and empathize with our end users, we are able to create and test possible solutions to any problem we face. If you follow the blueprint laid out by Nash, you will be able to meet the changing needs of the next generation of students. — Nick Polyak, superintendent, Leyden School District 212, Illinois

As the education sector continues to careen into a period of change of historical proportions, Design Thinking in Schools is perfectly timed for school leaders navigating turbulent waters. This accessible guide for school change keeps students and teachers at the center of the work to ensure deep, meaningful, sustainable, and long overdue shifts in traditional schooling. — Chad S. Ratliff, lab schools principal, Albemarle County Public Schools, Virginia

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About the Author

John B. Nash is an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Kentucky, where he specializes in the design and prototyping of innovations in education and teaches a range of courses on design thinking, school technology leadership, and school reform.

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