Design Studios

Often, our efforts focus on reform. We might make a few small tweaks to our lessons or units, but fundamentally, the learning is still the same. The impact on student learning is not great enough. Instead, let’s focus our work on transforming student learning and create alternatives that haven’t existed before. If we want drastically different results, we must work drastically different.

Teachers and other staff members in Spring Lake Park Schools have the opportunity to explore and transform through Design Studios. Attending a Design Studio reminds us that the solutions to opportunities and challenges lie within the people in the room. Design Studios provide time and energy to be focused on learning how to use a design thinking process to customize learning experiences for students. We will transform learning for our students. Design Studios can be tailored to tackle any problem or opportunity a Spring Lake Park Schools' staff member is facing.

Do you have a… 

  • hard-to-learn, hard-to-teach, critical to know learning target
  • course that you’re teaching for the first time
  • unit that you’d like to redesign to capitalize on student engagement
  • A nagging problem or opportunity in any part of our organization
  • A new idea you'd love to bring to life

If so, contact Elizabeth Nelsen at and staff can submit their idea through My SLP Idea.

Together, we will walk through the design process and provide opportunities to use our 3D methodology and toolkit to create learning experiences where students are inspired to engage in the work and persist through challenges. We simply ask that you approach the Design Studio with curiosity and persistence, a willingness to learn and reflect, and a commitment to developing and implementing your work.

teachers at a design studio

Staff members in Spring Lake Park Schools have the opportunity to explore and transform their teaching or tackle a problem or opportunity through Design Studios.

design studio