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Design thinking -- it's a popular buzzword these days, with companies from IBM to GE using this approach to develop innovative products and reinvigorate their operations. But what exactly is design thinking and why is it playing an increasingly important role in K-12 education? Design thinking, or human-centered design, is all about focusing on the needs of people to ensure that the correct problem is being solved in the most effective way. With critical thinking skills becoming increasingly important in a knowledge-based economy, many educators see design thinking as a way to tap into students' passions while enabling them to solve problems in an ever-more diverse and interconnected world. This panel of experts shares their insight on design thinking and its power to transform classrooms and equip students with 21st century skills vital to success.

Lane Hall, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor, discusses developments in Wisconsin as a case study of challenges to public higher education, as well as the disruptive role of art and activism in academia. The discussion was moderated by Professor Patrice Petro, Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center. Recorded on 02/28/2017.

Traditionally, about 80% of California community college students have been classified "unprepared" upon entry and required to enroll in remedial courses in English, reading, math, and/or English as a second language. These courses are intended to help students be more successful, but the more remedial courses students are required to take, the less likely they are to ever reach their college goals. And because Black and Hispanic students are disproportionately placed into remediation, these policies are a primary driver of racial achievement gaps and a lack of diversity in students transferring to the University of California and California State University systems. Co-Founders of the California Acceleration Project (CAP), Katie Hern and Myra Snell, discuss how the state's 113 community colleges address these problems. Recorded on 03/14/2017.

"People carry their values with them even if they share a common geography," says Mary Walshok, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor, Public Programs; Dean, UC San Diego Extension. How do these values impact the world of work and how will they shape your career journey? Walshok speaks with a group of high school seniors about the changing career landscape and how to make opportunities in the job market. Recorded on 4/15/2017.
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