For the past 18 years, ArtCenter College of Design has offered the Summer Institute for Teachers in Design-Based Learning to train K-12 educators how to integrate design thinking into their curricula. During that time, we have welcomed K-12 teachers, administrators and staff from more than 275 different schools throughout the Southern California region and beyond.

In 2020, we will take some time off to conduct research and explore additional ways to serve the K-12 educational community. We look forward to reconnecting with you in 2021 and exploring new territory together.

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Paula Goodman

Director of K–12 Programs, Paula created ArtCenter for Kids and also manages our ArtCenter for Teens and ArtCenter for Teachers programs.

Design-Based Learning

In the Making

Design-Based Learning has a freeing effect and takes the edge off when trying to ‘unpack the standards.’ It gets the students thinking creatively.

Paulette JacksonSpecial Education Teacher, Grades 6–8, Daniel Webster Middle School