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Ellen Deutscher

Educator, Design Thinker
Ellen Deutscher is an educational consultant with a focus on Design Thinking (Human-Centered Design, HCD) and creativity. She spent over 20 years teaching public school in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the past year, Ellen designed and taught a Design Thinking course for the Vanke Meisha Academy in Shenzhen, China, and developed and taught a Design Thinking class for a new minor in the Learning Science and Human Development Department at UC Berkeley. Ellen began her Design Thinking adventure in 2011 at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the d.school), where she was a teacher-in-residence from 2011 to 2013. Ellen spent two years as a founding coach for IDEO’s Teachers Guild and continues to collaborate with David Kelley (co-founder of IDEO and Stanford d.school). She is a co-founder and moderator for #dtk12chat, a global community of Design Thinking educators. Ellen is also co-author of Design Dots: 50 Quick Ways to Integrate Design Thinking into Your Language Arts Classroom. Before leaving the classroom in 2015, Ellen created and taught a fifth–eighth grade Design Thinking program and lunchtime Maker Space. During her extensive years in public school education, she taught a wide variety of grades and subjects, including fifth-grade language arts/social studies and a self-designed fifth/sixth-grade Shakespeare class and summer camp, "Shakin' It Up with Shakespeare.” Ellen left the classroom in 2015 to fully dedicate herself to learning, playing, iterating, and building deeper capacities for empathy with students, educators, and innovation leaders from around the globe.

My Wednesday & Thursday Slate Sessions

Thursday, October 17

10:10am PDT