Overview of the Challenge








Reinvent Learning on Purpose



Purpose of the Challenge
The primary purpose of this challenge is to offer students meaningful opportunities to learn how to become confident and creative problem-solvers, act as purposeful makers, take ownership of their learning, and make mindful choices.



January through Saturday, March 5
This year’s DLN 
creative problem-solving adventure has invited Kansas City middle and high school students to develop critical and innovative thinking skills as they tackle the wicked challenge to Reinvent Learning on Purpose:

What if we were to reinvent learning on purpose
to ensure all people 
have access to public spaces 
where they can freely engage 
in meaningful content and effective interactions regardless of age, gender, learning need, 
ethnicity, geographic location, or social construct?



January, 2016
Kansas City area middle and high school teachers alongside design educators and professionals, students from Blue Valley North High School, Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy grappled with the Reinvent Learning on Purpose Challenge – focused on Steps 1 and 2. 



February 4, 2016
All students gathered alongside their teachers and creative mentors at Paseo Academy for an daylong Midpoint Workshop to complete Step 3 of the challenge.



Saturday, March 5, 2016
Students will gather alongside educators, creatives, and community members at the KCAI Hosted Culminating Event when learners complete Step 4 and Step 5
  • The KCAI morning session includes a compelling keynote presentation, relevant professional development teacher/creative workshop, and hands-on student experience

  • Immediately following lunch, students will be coached by mentors as they dig into the final steps of the challenge

  • Additional invited local designers and community members will be invited to participate at various times throughout the day.


Requests for DLN Challenge Materials and Resources
If you would like to integrate the Reinvent Learning on Purpose Challenge or any other Design Learning Network Challenge into your classroom curriculum or educational setting, please contact doris@designlearning.us

Provide a description of your project along with initial plans of implementation.