Design In Mind

Design in Mind

A Framework for Sparking Ideas, Collaborations, and Innovation in Early Education

An interest in the visual arts, architecture, and design has been part of my life since I was a child.

As an educator, I often thought about how these disciplines informed our depth of practice. This book emerged as part of the ongoing discussion with my co-author Michell Grant-Groves. We are both fascinated by the concepts of design thinking and how they can enhance our work as educators by creating a more human-centered and agile way to solve challenges.

A Framework for Sparking Ideas, Collaborations, and Innovation in Early Education

Design in Mind outlines a framework for a design thinking process that helps educators tackle complex challenges in their educational ecosystems step by step to quickly find fresh ideas and solutions. It invites readers to simultaneously think like educators and designers while centering inquiry, equity, equality, and inclusion, supporting creative tension, and encouraging collaborative innovation.

Design in Mind is the users’ guide for a new and better future.

— Jim Knight, Senior Partner, Instructional Coaching Group

Through the intersection of design thinking and adaptive leadership, this powerful framework represents a breakthrough moment in early childhood educational reform. The idea of ‘digging beneath the surface’ as the initial step of the change process is where professional inquiry begins and seeking to solve problems for which there are no apparent solutions is where the adaptive leadership process begins. We should celebrate this game-changing educational innovation!”

— Maurice Sykes, Author, Doing the Right Thing for Children

Miriam Beloglovsky

Awards

  • Winner of the Tilliwig Toy and Media Award
  • Brain Child Award
  • Winner of the Teacher’s Choice Award by Learning Magazine
  • Bronze Medal Winner of the Foreword Indies Best Published Educational Book Award
  • Finalist of the Foreword Indies Best Published Educational Book Award
  • Winner of Tilliwig Parent Favorite Products

Books

  • Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children
  • Loose Part 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers
  • Loose Parts 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments
  • Loose Parts 4: Inspiring 21st Century Learning
  • Early Learning Theories Made Visible
  • Design in Mind: A Framework for Sparking Ideas, Collaboration, and Innovation in Early Education
  • Loose Parts For Children With Diverse Abilities