The Audacity to Learn

This session will empower school leaders to use the design thinking process to interrogate and make recommendations to solve challenges related to two current national trends – the teacher shortage and the achievement gap.

We’ve seen countless reports on the chronic adverse impact in these two areas, however, there is rarely time for education leaders to strategize about how to solve them. During this session, school leaders will mobilize to develop strategies to solve some of the nation's most pressing educational issues.


This session is appropriate for school and district leaders.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to apply the design thinking process to address national education trends.

  • Develop a proposal to address one of the trends in their school district.


Kwame Simmons

Kwame Simmons is a dynamic educator who uses an innovative approach to revolutionize urban education. The founder and senior facilitator of The Simmons Advantage, he has dedicated his career to transforming urban schools into national models of success and assisting students to achieve maximum academic outcomes. He has been recognized by the Washington Post and the U.S. Department of Education, and he received the 2015 BET Honors Award for Excellence in Education.

Free Book Included:

The ASCD book Design Thinking in Play: An Action Guide for Educators is included in your registration and will be distributed at the workshop.

Schedule and Pricing

  • Friday, March 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • ASCD24 registration is required to attend Preconference Institutes.
  • Add an institute to your ASCD24 experience for an additional fee.
  • Registration includes an ASCD book.

Super Early Bird

Through Dec. 7


Early Bird

Dec. 8-Feb. 15


Regular Price

Feb. 16-March 22