CPID Talks: Katie Krummeck on using a design-driven process to dismantle systems of inequity and make more human-centered decisions in complex contexts?
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 12:00pm
CPID Talks: Katie Krummeck on using a design-driven process to dismantle systems of inequity and make more human-centered decisions in complex contexts?

Portland State University School of Architecture and the Center for Public Interest Design are excited to welcome Katie Krummeck as speaker at CPID Talks on Friday, November 8, 2019, 12 noon.

Katie Krummeck is an educational designer and a national thought leader in leveraging the power of design to drive change in the K-12 system. She is also an expert in using the design process and maker-based instruction to create student-centered learning experiences that develop students’ creative confidence, optimism, and problem-solving skills. Katie has led design teams to tackle diverse projects such as reimagining a PreK-12 school schedule and the use of time as an instructional tool. She has also redesigned an accreditation process to yield deeper insights into the state of schools in relation to their strategic plan and mission. Katie has coached school leaders, educators, non-profit leaders and corporate executives to develop their design mindsets and the capacity to leverage design to drive innovation.

Katie began her career as a secondary teacher and co-founder of a small, experimental independent school, where students collaborated across age groups to engage in project-based, interdisciplinary learning. She has since helped scale a national education non-profit start-up, helped develop the K12 Lab at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design at Stanford University (“the”), and directed a collegiate makerspace. 

Katie also founded the Maker Education Project at Southern Methodist University, an initiative dedicated to catalyzing transformational maker-based learning experiences for students in K-12 schools. Katie draws from her experiences in a wide array of settings to develop and scale educational programming that matches her deep belief in the power of hands-on, real-world learning to inspire students to solve complex problems and feel empowered to make the world a better place.

Katie is an educator by training, a maker by trial and error, a learning experience designer and a steadfast believer in the power of empathy to bring compassionate solutions to the messiest of human problems. Over the course of her career, Katie has realized that through designing and building and experimenting and hacking at the education system, she has developed the design and maker mindsets needed to tackle any challenge and tinker away at any problem. She believes that training both young people and adults with tools to develop creative confidence is the key to large-scale transformation of the educational system.

The CPID talks are aimed at fostering a dialogue about interesting work being done that is relevant to the public interest design field by inviting speakers from a wide variety of disciplines to share their work and thoughts in an informal setting. These talks are open to the public and held in the CPID office in the School of Architecture at PSU (Shattuck Hall 217). Following the talk, attendees are invited to participate in a discussion on the work.

Friday, November 8, 2019, 12 noon
Center for Public Interest Design
Shattuck Hall 217
SW Broadway & Hall Street
Portland State University

Free and open to the public.