Summer Studio: Design Thinking for Social Equity

Explore the transformative power of Human-Centered Design Thinking to equip art educators and students as creative problem solvers in designing a better world!

July 18-22 | Dallas, TX

SummerStudio: Design Thinking for Social Equity will explore the visionary role of Human-Centered Design to guide learners in the creative problem solving process of Design Thinking, an inventive process through which problems are identified, solutions proposed and produced, and the results evaluated.


This SummerStudio is hosted by the University of Texas at Dallas, School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communications (ATEC), home to visionary artists, scientists, designers, engineers, and researchers, who collaborate on important cutting-edge trends of the future. Participants will be inspired by the state-of-the-arts Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, designed by STUDIOS, architect for some of the world’s most creative and cutting edge media, entertainment, and technology firms, including Google, Apple, Walt Disney Co., Microsoft, and others.

SummerStudio: Design Thinking for Social Equity is Designed to:

  • Prepare art educators and decision-makers across disciplines to be innovative, socially conscious change agents in education using Design Thinking.
  • Explore the benefits of imaginative design thinking and the design process to promote engagement, motivation, resilience, grit, and confidence to design a better world.
  • Foster design and arts integration to meet the National Visual Arts Standards and standards in multiple content areas that promote school to college and career readiness.
  • Encourage application of art and design thinking in teaching and learning across the curriculum, including science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).
  • Engage the inspirational leadership and vision of XQ Super School teams; innovative leaders in art, design, and architecture such as Gentler, IDEO, Triseum, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Crayola, P-21; and others.
  • Cultivate and nurture a scalable national Community of Learners and Leaders, who Teach to Lead in Design Thinking by sharing and replicating exemplary practices, resources, research, and professional learning to mentor other leaders.


NAEA Members: $449 by 6/2/17; $499 after 6/2/17
Non-Members: $495 by 6/2/17; $549 after 6/2/17

Register Here

Open to NAEA members and non-members. Program is limited to 45 participants.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation prior to June 18 will result in a $50 cancellation fee. After June 18, 2017, no refunds will be issued.

Participants are encouraged to come in teams; teams should include two or more teachers & administrators in art, design, and other subject areas at all levels.

Scholarships may be available. More information will be posted as it becomes available.


Summer Studio: Design Thinking has secured affordable hotel lodging, including breakfast, for participants at special reduced rates at Hilton Double Tree and Holiday Inn close to UTD and DART transit, with free shuttle service, convenient food, and amenities.

  • Doubletree: (972) 644-4000, Rates and block of rooms are available until July 2, 2017.
  • Holiday Inn: (972) 238-1900, mention code “National Art Education Associate-BK-YP”. Rates and block of rooms are available until July 3, 2017.


  • Jan Norman, Founding Program Director, Summer Studio: Design Thinking; Cell: 610-608-9200
  • Deborah Moore, Site Coordinator and AP Arts & Music Director, NMSI/AP Strategies, Inc. Dallas 214-525-3007

Expert Facilitators/Faculty

  • Jacob Riley Simons, Director of Design Strategy, Gentler
  • Andre Thomas, Founder and CEO of Triseum education games, Director of the LIVE Lab, Dept. of Visualization, Texas A&M
  • Michelle Cheng, Professional Development Manager, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Kristen Walter, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Crayola & Cheri Sterman, Education Director, Crayola & board member, P21
  • Martin Rayala, Co-Founder, XQ Super School, Design-Lab School, Wilmington, DE
  • Cindy Todd, Co-Developer of the XQ Super School, Grand Rapids Public Museum School, MI
  • Sandy Speicher, Managing Director, Education, IDEO (invited) – judge for XQ Super School selection & design education collaborator
  • Kate Canales, Director of the Arts in Design and Innovation (MADI) program at SMU and Innovation Gymnasium
  • Paul Sproll, Paul Sproll, Head, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • Kevin Henry, IDSA, Assoc. Professor, Product Design, Columbia College, Chicago, & Author of Drawing for Product Designers
  • Rande Blank, Director, MAT Art+Design Education, University of the Arts, Chair, NAEA Design Issues Group, Board, DESIGN-ED
  • Thomas Feulmer, Director of Educational Programming, The Warehouse, Private Contemporary Museum
  • Dennis Inhulsen, Chief Learning Officer, NAEA
  • Deborah Moore, AP Arts & Music Director, NMSI/AP Strategies, Inc., O’Donnell Foundation & Host Site Coordinator
  • Jan Norman, Founding Director of Design for Thinking Teaching Institute; Director, NAEA Summer Studio Design Thinking

Earn University Credit

NAEA and California State University, Chico have partnered to offer professional development credit for professional learning earned through Summer Studio: Design Thinking. For further information, visit