Design for Change: Panel Discussion
Good Shepherd Episcopal School is proud to host an informal panel discussion on inspiring students to become changemakers. Sanjli Gidwaney and Tara Harrington will share lessons learned from their work with children through Design for Change, US. Parents of students, educators, coaches, and counselors will walk away with resources for teaching empathy and critical thinking skills to students.
Sanjli Gidwaney is a graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on curriculum design and non-profit management. Sanjli manages a national team of designers, educators and technologists and has forged partnerships with notable organizations such as Teach for America and Strong Women Strong Girls and Ashoka, Harvard’s Good Work Team and Stanford Design School. She has also collaborated with research groups at MIT’s Media Lab, industrial design firms and various NGOs to develop and conduct several hands on creativity workshops for children around the world including India, Kenya and the Dominican Republic. She believes in a pedagogy embedded in experiential learning and cross-curricular approaches.
Tara Harrington is an educator committed to praxis and culturally sustaining frameworks to position students in the place of power in the school system and to foster critical consciousness. Over the past decade, her work has included teaching high school science in North Carolina, coaching math and science teachers in Colorado, managing an instructional development team in South Dakota, and training teachers in Nicaragua. The pattern through her work has been her aim to refine both curriculum and pedagogy to be rigorous, relational and responsive.