EDEx | Education Design Experience

The Program

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EDEx Educators

EDEx seeks dynamic, innovative K-12 educators excited to learn more about design thinking and its application for teaching and learning. If this describes you, consider joining the 2018-2019 EDEx Educators cohort!


EDEx Educators is a yearlong cohort-based training in design thinking for K-12 teachers. This year’s EDEx Educators cohort will kick-off with a three-day conference and workshop including attendance at Raleigh's Hopscotch Design Festival. The kick-off will be followed by a series of “Mentor Meetings” held at inspirational design locations in downtown Raleigh. Participants will hear from design thinking experts, practice using design thinking tools, collaborate in hands-on activities, and develop lesson ideas. As a capstone experience, each participant will develop a project that applies design thinking as a tool to improve teaching and learning in their school.

Participation Includes:

  • Learning through 7 workshops and conferences for over 40 hours of experiential and inspiring PD
  • Coaching and mentoring from award winning educators, designers, and innovators
  • Networking with innovative educators and community partners
  • Development of design thinking mindset and toolbox to create innovative solutions to complex, real-world problems
  • Capstone design thinking project that improves teaching and learning in your school
  • Attendance at Hopscotch Design Festival ($250 value)

Cost: $750 per teacher, $650 for NC's public school teachers*. (Due upon acceptance to the program. Fee includes Hopscotch Design Festival registration, as well as meals and resources for all workshops and meetings.) *UPDATE: Grant funding is providing a $100 discount to NC's public school teachers. 

Applications from teams of two or more teachers from one school may be given preference (each individual should submit a separate application).
Applicants should plan to teach in grades K-12 during the 2018-19 school year. All subject areas and experience levels welcome.
In order to be considered for selection, applicants must commit to attend ALL meetings.



Important dates for 2018-2019 EDEx Educators

June 30, 2018 // Applications due (includes recommendation from supervisor)

July 10, 2018 // Notification of acceptance

September 6 - 7, 2018 // Conference:  Hopscotch Design Festival
                                    Thursday // 8:30 a.m.  - 6:30 p.m. (Lunch and evening appetizers included)
                                    Friday // 8:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Lunch included, optional gathering from 6:00 - 7:30 pm)

September 8, 2018 // 9:30  a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop: Dive Into Design Thinking (Lunch included)  

October 18, 2018 // 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Mentoring Meeting (Dinner included)

November 15, 2018 // 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Mentoring Meeting (Dinner included)

December 2018 // Virtual Meeting

January 17, 2019 // 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Mentoring Meeting (Dinner included)

February 21, 2019 // 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Mentoring Meeting (Dinner included)

March 2019  // Snow Make Up (3/14/19) or Virtual Meeting  & Twitter Chat

April 11, 2019 // 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Optional: Project Support Work Chat

May 16, 2019 // 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Culminating Event (Dinner included)

In order to be considered for selection, applicants must commit to attend ALL meetings.