About the Conference

DESIGN-ED will hold it's second annual conference at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia on June 27-28, 2014.

Last year's conference featured high-quality, high-energy presentations on design education and we're excited to report that participants have asked for more. Based on the feedback that we received, DESIGN-ED has been working with our host partner, the University of the Arts, to offer hands-on workshops. We will be moving to a new location within the campus that will allow us to offer multiple workshops simultaneously.

This year's conference theme is "Integration Through Design". It is the core belief of the DESIGN-ED coalition that teaching design creates a bridge across all curricular areas, making connections for authentic learning to occur. The "Integration Through Design" theme will serve to reinforce this position and act as a lever for attendees who already agree with this philosophy or are curious as to how they can achieve greater cross-curricular success in their classrooms and schools.

Breakfast and lunch provided with registration.

About Design-Ed

DESIGN-ED is a collaboration of PreK-12 teachers, schools, administrators, universities, designers, organizations, businesses, museums, institutions, individuals, and others supporting design education initiatives in K-12 schools.

We support all disciplines of design education in PreK-12 schools and teacher education programs.

The purpose of the DESIGN-ED coalition is to develop policies of support for design education at the international, national, state, and local school district levels.

visit the design-ed website


University of the Arts
211 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Recommended Accommodations

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Friday Focus: "Today"

Exciting things are happening in classrooms here and abroad. Many of them have to do with the expanding inclusion of design in regular education classrooms and new design-centric schools that are popping up all over. Bring yourself up to date with current events in design education, find out what’s working in today’s classrooms and get yourself pumped for a future where teaching and using design is as much a part of a student’s day as the three “R’s” can be – but you’ll have to come to Saturday’s sessions to learn more about that!


June 27 / 8:30 - 6:00 pm

  • 8:30 AM
    Registration / breakfast & coffee
    Registration / breakfast & coffee
  • 9:00 AM
    Welcome: Introduction of DESIGN-ED Advisory Council
    Welcome: Introduction of DESIGN-ED Advisory Council
  • 9:15 AM
    Keynotes (John Steers, Richard Green, Emily Campbell)
    Keynotes (John Steers, Richard Green, Emily Campbell)

    Covering design integration in UK schools. Short talks by each speaker followed by audience Q & A.

  • 11:00 AM
    Workshops: "multiple workshops at 20-30 participants each"
    See below for Friday workshops

  • 12:15 PM
  • 1:00 PM
    Edward Clapp
    Edward Clapp

    Covering his work with Project Zero.

  • 2:00 PM
    Workshops: "multiple workshops at 20-30 participants each"
    See below for Friday workshops

  • 3:30 PM
    Poster Session Q and A
    Poster Session Q and A
  • 4:45 PM

friday curators

  • Dr. John Steers
    National Society for Education in Art & Design
    It's Been a Bumpy Ride - Two Perspectives (Art and Design / Design and Technology) on Design Education in UK Schools

    Dr John Steers was General Secretary of the National Society for Education in Art and Design for 30 years until December2011. He previously taught art and design in secondary schools in London and Bristol. He was the 1993-96 President of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) and served on its executive committee in several capacities between 1983 and 2005. He was the 1998 recipient of the Edwin Ziegfeld Award of the United States Society for Education through Art for distinguished leadership in international art education and in 2011 he was awarded InSEA’s Sir Herbert Read Award for significant lifelong contributions to art education in the UK and internationally. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Liverpool in 1994. He has published widely – principally on curriculum, assessment and policy issues. He was a visiting Senior Research Fellow at Roehampton University, London from 1997-2007. Currently, he is chair of the Council of Subject Associations, a trustee of the Higher Education in Art and Design Trust, a member of the Commission established to explore the establishment of a [Royal] College of Teaching, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Arts Education Archive, Bretton Hall.


  • Richard Green
    Design & Tech. Association

    Richard became Chief Executive of the Design and Technology Association in November 2004. The Association offers support, advice and subject leadership for all those involved in D&T education at all levels. Representing and listening to a large membership helps the Association develop and present a  vision for the subject and represent the views of the subject community.

    Richard originally trained at Goldsmiths as a D&T teacher and taught in Kent before becoming a  head of department in a large London comprehensive school. This was followed by work as a local  authority adviser and inspector working with primary, special and secondary schools. He has written  and contributed to a wide range of design and technology publications, been involved in research, acted as a consultant to C4, and initiated a number of projects linking design and technology in schools to business and industry. 

    At the D&T Association he has overall responsibility for the organisation and the services it provides  to its members and the wider D&T community. He has also been directly involved in a wide range of  professional and curriculum development programmes, such as Digital D&T, the Association has run on behalf of the Government and other agencies in order to help modernise and move the subject  forward. He also lead the ‘Believe in D&T’ campaign that ran from 2011 into 2013 and which engaged a large, diverse range of support for retaining D&T as a National Curriculum subject for all pupils from 5 to 14.


  • Emily Campbell
    Creative Education Academies Trust

    Emily Campbell is a founder-director of the Creative Education Academies Trust. She is Director of Programmes and principal author of the innovative design programme that distinguishes a growing family of secondary schools in the UK Midlands. This programme integrates and supports academic work in core subjects such as English, maths and science, and across the wider curriculum, by encouraging students to think rigorously about key concepts such as structure, pattern, meaning and performance in the natural and man-made world.

    She came to Creative Education Academies from the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) where she directed a programme to investigate how learning design skills could help people and communities become more resourceful and self-reliant. As the British Council Arts Group's Head of Design & Architecture for twelve years, she commissioned events and exhibitions all over the world on behalf of the United Kingdom’s leading agency for international cultural relations.

    Earlier in her career, she was a graphic designer at Pentagram in New York, and a pattern-maker for the fashion designer Jean Muir. She studied English at Cambridge, Clothing Technology at the London College of Fashion and Graphic Design at Yale School of Art.


  • Edward Clapp
    Project Zero

    Edward P. Clapp is a Harvard Project Zero research specialist working on the Agency by Design (AbD) initiative and a frequent contributor to the AbD blog Making Thinking Happen. 


    Twitter: @edwardpclapp


  • Engineering around the form
    Emphasizing the design process as a strong pedagogy in the art/design classroom
    Workshop Leader: Amy Migliore

    Educational leaders from public art education classrooms will reflect on their trials and triumphs in working to incorporate design thinking practices. Participants will learn from the experiences of their colleagues and collaborate to explore their own techniques translating theory into practice.

  • Using the Design Process As a Framework for Lesson Planning
    by the National Building Museum
    Workshop Leaders: Mary Hendrickse and Lara Marks Finder

    How can you create a lesson that integrates multiple disciplines, encourages critical thinking, and develops communication skills? Learn how to use the design process as a frame work and lesson planning tool to develop hands-on classes in your museum or school.

  • Cultural Surface
    Textile Design
    Workshop Leader: Andrew Bencsko

    Using conventional drawing as well as digital tools, this workshop integrates art history with design to offer students a hands-on approach to understanding art and cultural history in the practical context of pattern making and textile design.

  • Cooper-Hewitt
    National Design Museum Teaches You to Integrate Design Thinking into Your Classroom
    Workshop Leaders: Kimberly Cisneros & Michelle Cheng

    Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present an interactive workshop for the design educator introducing design thinking through a hands-on activity and exploration of design resources.

  • Teachers Design for Education
    Engaging Educators Today to Impact Students Tomorrow
    Workshop Leaders: Lindsey Messervy & Kirtley Fisher

    Reinvigorate your practice today to engage your students tomorrow. This workshop will engage attendees with creative activities and useful resources from TD4Ed, an online design thinking platform that connects, inspires, and enables teachers to design better learning experiences for their students.

  • Teaching Students About Emotional Design through Designing Light for Hospital Waiting Areas
    Workshop Leader: Zhabiz Shafieyoun

    The workshop offers participants the opportunity to get familiar with Emotional Design and application of Kansei Engineering method.

  • Urban Learning by Design
    The Charter High School for Architecture & Design
    Workshop Leader: Andrew P. Phillips

    Participants of the workshop will learn from the reflections of key frontline educators/leaders who have used the design process as an instructional tool in forming a bridge fro theory to practice and also in forming integrative connections for design education to correlate into the established curricula of art education classrooms in public schools.

Saturday Focus: "Tomorrow"

We will be addressing what the current students in our classrooms will need to help them succeed and future predictions on what education could look like in the next decade. This discussion is already taking place in the United Kingdom, Finland, Korea, China, Singapore, among other countries around the globe. If we are to prepare today's students for tomorrow's world, one thing is sure—design will be an essential part of that world. Integrating their education through the study and implementation of design is an effective way to prepare them to stay ahead in the competitive world of tomorrow.


June 28 / 8:30 - 5:00 pm

  • 8:30 AM
    Registration / breakfast & coffee
    Registration / breakfast & coffee
  • 9:00 AM
  • 9:15 AM
    Saliyah Cruz
    Saliyah Cruz

    Starting a design lead school next year in Philadelphia, this talk will cover the possibilities for future integrations through design in education.

  • 10:30 AM
    Workshops: "multiple workshops at 20-30 participants each"
    See below for Saturday workshops

  • 11:45 AM
  • 12:30 PM
    Writing Team Presentation: Where we are and where we’re going
    Writing Team Presentation: Where we are and where we’re going
  • 1:45 PM
    Workshops: "multiple workshops at 20-30 participants each"
    See below for Saturday workshops

  • 3:15 PM
  • 4:30 PM
    Wrap-up. Brief comments by Board president.

saturday curator

  • Saliyah Cruz
    Founder, LINC School

    Saliyah Cruz is a School Design Leader with the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of New School Models. As a school administrator with eleven years of experience leading schools in Philadelphia, and the surrounding area, Mrs. Cruz is currently incubating a new high school set to open in the fall of 2014. The LINC (Learning in New Contexts) is a service-oriented, global competency high school built on the Carnegie Foundation’s design principles for high-performing secondary schools.



  • 31 Flavors of Pop Ups
    Playful Engagement into Design
    Workshop Leaders: Doris Wells-Papanek & Alison Crane

    Join us in this unique workshop to develop working prototypes – previews of NAEA’s March 2015 Design Education Conference in New Orleans and/or the June 2015 International Design Education Conference in Chicago.

  • Immersive Game Design
    Integrating Education Through Design
    Workshop Leader: Jan Norman

    “Explore how to integrate subjects across the curriculum and promote engaging classroom learning through design thinking, technology and game design the framework and process of an exemplary Young Audiences' NEA program called Immersive Game Design: A 21st Century Strategy.”

  • Understanding Key Concepts of teaching
    "Fashion and Culture"
    Workshop Leader: Teri Giobbia

    Viewing strategies for working with secondary students in teaching “fashion and culture”, participants will determine essential questions to have students think critically about how historical, social, economic and political events have affected the fashion industry, American culture, and their own lives.

  • The Froebel Gifts as K-12 Design Education Tools
    From the Bauhaus to Today
    Workshop Leader: Scott Bultman

    This hands-on workshop will acquaint attendees with methods for using Froebel Gifts in a variety of settings to promote creative expression and design thinking. The goal is for attendees to understand how the materials are organized, introduced, and integrated with existing methods.

  • Celebrating Spaces for Learning
    Workshop Leader: Susan Braccia

    This presentation will explore how school spaces can be designed and added to, to ignite learning and create energized places where students want to be. The walls, the halls, the doorways into the future - move over Google Headquarters!

  • Change-Making
    Design Thinking in the Visual Arts
    Workshop Leader: Delane Ingalls Vanada

    This presentation provides attendees with models for incorporating design thinking into planning/curriculum design (for teachers) and into dynamic learning for students. Learn how design- and project-based learning decentralizes and builds agency.

  • Drawing From Nature
    Forms, patterns and structures found in the natural world
    Workshop Leader: Karen Fuchs

    This workshop demonstrates how organic forms, patterns and structures found in the natural world can model and inspire design ideas and thinking. Branching patterns will be the primary topic, and a wire tree sculpture will be created which models this.

  • Going Forward
    Teaching to the New Common Core State Standards for Visual Arts
    Workshop Leader: Nancy Vanderboom Lausch

What is an unconference?

The shortest answer is this: an unconference is a highly informal conference. Two differences are particularly notable. First, at an unconference, the program isn’t set: it’s created with the help of all the participants rather than beforehand by a program committee. Second, at an unconference, there are no presentations—all participants in an unconference are invited to lead, talk and work with fellow participants in every session.

An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture; going to an unconference is like being a member of an improv troupe where going to a conference is (mostly) like being a member of an audience. Perhaps the best example of the ‘unconference’ format in the humanities thus far has been the THATCamps that originated at the Roy Rosenzweig Center of History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University. (A portion of this description has been adapted from THATCamp.org under the terms of a CC-BY license.)

You don’t need to know anything more about the unconference format itself than what is here. Just come ready to participate. What you get out of an unconference is directly related to what you put into it!