Design Thinking Academy (DTA) (Course # 22ET0110)

Dates & Times:

1/10/2022 8:30am-4:30pm (In-person)

1/12/2022 3:30pm-5:30pm (Virtual)

1/19/2022 3:30pm-5:30pm (Virtual)

1/24/2022 8:30am-4:30pm (In-person)

1/26/2022 3:30pm-4:30pm (Virtual)

2/07/2022 3:30pm-5:30pm (Virtual)

2/14/2022 3:30pm-5:30pm (Virtual)

2/16/2022 3:30pm-5:30pm (Virtual)

2/23/2022 3:30pm-5:30pm (Virtual)

2/28/2022 3:30pm-4:30pm (Virtual)

3/07/2022 3:30pm-4:30pm (Virtual)

3/28/2022 3:30pm-6:30pm (In-person)


Registration open through 1/3/2022 6:00 AM EST


19 seats currently available.



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Course Description

In education Design Thinking is a pedagogical approach that provides a high quality experience for students and allows teachers to do what they do best, facilitate student development.

The Kent ISD Design Thinking Academy is a series of professional development sessions exploring the benefits, methods and available resources for applying design thinking practices in the classroom or online. With a mix of live, asynchronous and job-embedded learning, you'll walk away with a firm understanding of design thinking and how it can be used with your students.

Our team is comprised of industry and education professionals that are available for continued support advising and developing design thinking implementations.

Registration cost includes lunch at face to face dates and a design thinking resource.


Eric Kelliher; Keith Tramper; Sarah Wood

Eric Kelliher, Career Readiness Consultant at Kent ISD, works with local educators to integrate career exploration, planning and thinking into instruction. From helping teachers integrate soft skills into lesson plans, to speaking to classrooms and at conferences, to running programs like Teachers in Industry, Classroom to Careers and others, Eric seeks to make career thinking an integral part of the learning experience. His prior experience includes 6 years in the classroom teaching Language Arts and Physical Education, 4 years as a K-12 Technology trainer, 3 years in Higher Education, and several years in the corporate world, first in Banking, later as a Leadership Development trainer at Meijer’s corporate headquarters.

Keith Tramper is an educational technology consultant at Kent ISD. He is passionate about empowering students and educators to impact their world through the use of technology. Keith has experience training, providing support, coaching and consulting to building capacity for educational innovation within K-12 schools and ISDs.

Sarah is a K-12 Technology & Media Integration Specialist in West Michigan. She has a love for photography, graphic recording, being creative, crafts, and anything learning-related – if it involves making and creating, you will find her part of it! As an educator, Sarah strives to provide unique learning experiences for students that not only engage them in the learning but leave students with a story to share about their learning. She has previously presented at MACUL and Podstock as well as done graphic recording for ISTE.

To find out more about Sarah, visit her website at or follow her on Instagram (myedtechworld), Twitter (@myedtechworld), and Facebook (My EdTech World).

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Course Cost

The course cost is $25.00

Credit Information

Course: Hours - 54

SCECHs- 54

*SCECH credit is pending approval.


Kent ISD/ESC Building, LOT #11

2930 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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