2015 Design Thinking Workshops

Henry Ford Learning Institute believes that education is the critical factor in determining economic success. For individuals -- and for the entire community. Nowhere in America is the educational opportunity gap greater than in America's urban centers where HFLI focuses its work.

Our vision is a future where public education becomes a truly public endeavor. We work to make that vision a reality by:

  • Creating and sustaining public schools
  • Preparing all Henry Ford Academy students for college and career success
  • Modeling a different kind of teaching and learning, one that removes boundaries between learning and the real world
  • Engaging community members as partners in learning
  • Sharing hands-on learning programs and services that support design thinking as a process that leads to innovation and creativity
  • Leveraging underutilized local resources
  • Amplifying the urgency for innovation in education 

Henry Ford Learning Institute: In the Media

HFLI's Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is one Michigan organization featured in a multi-media package on creativity and arts education from Michigan Nightlight and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In the article "The Next Generation of Creative Problem Solvers" Melinda Clynes writes, "Kids who have access to arts education become creative problem solvers and often experience a boost in self-confidence. They tend to do better in math and language arts. They learn valuable skills through music, visual arts, acting, and creative writing. On the simplest level, these disciplines create well-rounded kids – who have the potential to grow into visionary adults."


  • HFLI to Share K-12 Education Expertise at Verge NYC Conference Deborah Parizek, Executive Director of Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), will be the K-12 education expert in a conversation at Verge NYC entitled "Framing the Uncertainty in Public Education ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2015, 2:01 PM by Lisa Kreinbring
  • HFLI to Present Design Thinking Session at ASCD's 2015 Annual Conference On Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 8:00 am, HFLI Executive Director Deborah Parizek and Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design teacher and counselor Eric Gomez will conduct ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2015, 12:13 PM by Lisa Kreinbring
  • Henry Ford Learning Institute Hires New Associate Director of Design Thinking for K-12 Innovation Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), a non-profit organization that is re-designing how students learn, has hired Christopher Patten as its new Associate Director of Design Thinking for K ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2015, 10:14 AM by Lisa Kreinbring
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