Thank you for starting and spreading Design for America. I'm wondering if DFA is only for college and university students, or if the program is for elementary, middle, and high school students, as well.
As I shared in a blog post today, we must help transform education and schooling to be more about real-world, community issues (http://itsaboutlearning.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/ill-never-be-the-same-again-a-reflection-on-transforming-school-from-consumer-to-creator-idreamaschool/)
For the past nine years, I was a middle-school principal, and I co-developed a course called Synergy for 8th graders. Synergy is a transdisciplinary, community-issues, problem-solving course. The backbone of the class was "observation journaling." An observation journal is simply a snapshot or sketch of something seen that causes one to wonder and think about "Why?" or "What if?" or "How might we?" The student-learners and two teacher-learners pooled our observation journals using a web tool, and the students identified projects from these collected observations. For example, we had three students work on a graffiti project. Six others worked on a stream-health project. Four worked with a community experiencing 70% unemployment to host a job fair. Just this past weekend at EduCon, I gave a five-minute Ignite talk on how this process grew from a game that I play with my sons (http://www.slideshare.net/boadams1/lemme-see-your-tootsie-roll-i-mean-pbl).
Now, I am just relocated to Unboundary, a transformation design studio in Atlanta, GA. I'm serving as the director of educational innovation, as we expand our practice further into education and social innovation. We also organize and host TEDxAtlanta.
I'd love to find some mutual time to talk more about DFA, if you are willing and able. If not, then I THANK YOU for all that you and your team is doing! I'm going to click some of these links and figure out how I can best get involved.