Leslie McBeth

Leslie McBeth

Website: http://www.lesmcbeth.com/

 

LESLIE MCBETH has been working at the intersection of design, education and technology for 15 years. She started her career with a human rights organization at the United Nations in Switzerland before moving to New York City to work with the world’s top architects, designers and policy leaders at the Design Trust for Public Space. Inspired by the power of design to engage young people in civic action, Leslie became a high school teacher, where she created personalized, project-based, place-based learning experiences using design thinking as a framework.

 

In 2016, Leslie joined Future Design School to build and expand professional development programs across North America. She created a suite of programs for educators that empowers them to break down their classroom walls and engage students in future-ready learning experiences that connect to curriculum.

 

Les has worked with educators around the world from Australia to Sweden to California, leading workshops and speaking at events such as SXSWEdu, the Apple Teacher Conference and TEDx. Since 2016, she has been the Design Thinking Coach for the Google Certified Innovator program worldwide.

Where to find Les at #INConnectED

Session Date Time Room
How might we empower students to solve the world's big problems? (Keynote)
Thursday, Oct. 17
8:30-9:30
Auditorium
The future is a world fraught with challenges. The colliding factors of climate change; over-population, the dissipation of finite resources and a fragile global economy will leave our youth facing a grim reality.

We need to prepare the next generation to be problem solvers, confident in their own creativity, equipped with critical thinking skills, ready to tackle big challenges. 

In this inspiring, future-forward talk, Leslie McBeth, the Director of Professional Development at Future Design School, will share how user-centered design methods can teach crucial skills like innovation, creativity, problem-solving, and entrepreneurship. Skills that all students will need to succeed in the workplace of tomorrow. 
Design Thinking "Mini Sprint"
Thursday, Oct. 17
10:45-11:35
2077
During this hands-on, action packed session, participants will be introduced to the concept of using design thinking to develop creative solutions to meaningful problems. 

The majority of the workshop is a Design Sprint. Participants will learn the process of design by developing a solution to a common challenge. The session includes techniques for empathizing with a user and ideating solutions. These repeatable methods can be used with students to help them solve real world problems. Along the way, students build their skills in creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.
Design Thinking "Mini Sprint"
Thursday, Oct. 17
2:40-3:30
2077
During this hands-on, action packed session, participants will be introduced to the concept of using design thinking to develop creative solutions to meaningful problems. 

The majority of the workshop is a Design Sprint. Participants will learn the process of design by developing a solution to a common challenge. The session includes techniques for empathizing with a user and ideating solutions. These repeatable methods can be used with students to help them solve real world problems. Along the way, students build their skills in creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.
Design Thinking "Mini Sprint"
Friday, Oct. 18
9:45-10:35
2079
During this hands-on, action packed session, participants will be introduced to the concept of using design thinking to develop creative solutions to meaningful problems. 

The majority of the workshop is a Design Sprint. Participants will learn the process of design by developing a solution to a common challenge. The session includes techniques for empathizing with a user and ideating solutions. These repeatable methods can be used with students to help them solve real world problems. Along the way, students build their skills in creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.
Closing Spotlight Panel: Designed for Learning
Friday, Oct. 18
3:20-4:00
Auditorium
Panel discussion with Michele Eaton (modorator), Indiana Connected Educators Teacher of the Year, Les McBeth, Manuel Herrera, Caitlin Krause, Robert Dillon