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Design Models That Guide Innovative Thinking

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Design Models That Guide Innovative Thinking

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Bill Derry, Consultant, School and Public Libraries, Milford, CT

Sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources

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Design thinking means different things in different disciplines, but empathy is a key element. Watch Bill Derry and Michelle Luhtala in this edWebinar as they explore design models that guide innovative thinking. They examine points of intersection and divergence with national learning standards and share case studies and examples of their effective integration in K-12 learning environments.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 librarians, teachers, and administrators.

Michelle LuhtalaAbout the Presenters

Michelle Luhtala is the Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut and was one of five school librarians named as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award. The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Follow her on Twitter @mluhtala.


Bill Derry most recently worked as Director of Innovation at The Westport Library in Connecticut. He was the co-chair of the Westport Mini Maker Faire and one of the leaders of the creation of the makerspace. He was a principal writer of an IMLS national leadership grant received by the Westport Library in 2013. The grant, called MakerSpace 2.0: Retinkering Libraries, created a model for a participatory learning environment for public, academic and school libraries. Prior to joining the Westport Library in 2011, Bill worked in education for over 30 years as an elementary classroom teacher, drama-in-education teacher, library media specialist, supervisor of library media K-12 and information and technology literacy coordinator K-12. Currently he is leading workshops and presenting on the transformative power of play, imagination, and making. Follow Bill on Twitter @BillDerry


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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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