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Language Arts

Design Thinking

Credits:
10
Meeting Time

2020-2021 TBD

Course Description

This course will introduce you to design thinking, a method and paradigm for creative problem solving and routine innovation. Design Thinking emphasizes divergent and convergent thinking across collaborative processes to construct ideas for societal impact. Students in this course will: (1) build creative competence, (2) appreciate the value of failure, risk, and experimentation, and (3) gain competence in adapting design thinking processes and tools within their disciplines and contexts of interest.

Students will be able to:
●  Develop awareness of design in everyday life and see the possibility of change.
●  Explore design approaches across disciplines and within historical context.
●  Practice framing problems, distilling insights, and scoping design challenges.
●  Apply uncover experiences and develop empathy using qualitative methods.
●  Develop skills for prototyping, fabricating, and mocking up ideas through an iterative process
●  Test ideas as well as develop quantitative and qualitative criteria for evaluation

Graduation Requirement
Prerequisites

None

Pathway

Futures Lab Seminar

Credits:
5
Meeting Time

2020-2021 (all semesters, AM & PM)

Course Description

Come get unschooled. Let your curiosity and imagination guide your learning journey as you develop skills and mindsets necessary to build a better world.

Through engaging, relevant, and authentic projects, students will hone workforce readiness and professional skills, by working on dynamic and collaborative teams. Entrepreneurship and literacy are integrated through examination of personal strengths and areas of growth via investigation into the topics of resilience, self-awareness, and communication. These areas have been identified through collaboration with industry partners and higher education professionals.  This course will provide 5 credits toward the Language Arts graduation requirement, as well as 1 CSU Introduction to Business credit.

This is a semester long course that will allow students to integrate literacy, entrepreneurship, and essential professional skills. Students will engage in units that will explore self-awareness, communication, and resilience throughout the course.  Within each of these units students will have the opportunity to analyze and create written pieces reflective of topics relevant to them.

Course ID: 2410CECSU

Graduation Requirement
Concurrent Enrollment
Prerequisites

None. 

Optional: Blended/Online Grad. Requirement

Credits:
5
Meeting Time

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Course Description

To help make Futures Lab accessible, students will have the option to take a blended/online courses in one of the following PSD graduation requirement areas:

  • Economics

  • American Government

  • Humanities

  • Language Arts (met with Basic Speech or Creative Writing)

 

How to take an Online/Blended course at Futures Lab:

Blended/online courses will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays and will have some flexibility to integrate with student work in their Futures Lab pathway.

As student schedules are developed during registration/scheduling season, they can work with their counselor to add one of these courses to their scheduled time at the Futures Lab if it makes sense and./or helps alleviate schedule conflicts. Once approved, their counselor can simply notify Nick Peterson, the Futures Lab counselor, and the course will be added.

These courses are not intended to be a replacement if the graduation requirement can easily be met on their home campus.

Graduation Requirement
Prerequisites

Counselor approval

Notify Futures Lab counselor within 1-2 weeks of the start of school to add.