Ellen Deutscher is an Educational Consultant with a focus on Design Thinking and Creativity. She spent over 20 years teaching public school in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2011, Ellen began her Design Thinking adventure at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the d.school) where she was a Teacher-in-Residence for two years. Since then, she has become both a learner and leader in the world of Design Thinking and Creativity in education.
Ellen spent two years as a Founding Coach for IDEO’s Teachers Guild and continues to collaborate with David Kelley (co-founder of IDEO and Stanford d.school). She is a co-founder and moderator for #dtk12chat, a global community of Design Thinking educators. Ellen gives talks, leads workshops, and works with educators at the d.school, throughout the SF Bay Area, and around the country. Most recently Ellen presented at SXSWedu in Austin, the Deeper Learning Conference at High Tech High, and the Learning and the Brain Conference in San Francisco. Ellen is also co-author of Design Dots: 50 Quick Ways to Integrate Design Thinking into your Language Arts Classroom.
While continuing to support others in Design Thinking, Ellen returned to her school in San Carlos (2013-2015) where she developed and taught a 5th-8th grade Middle School Design Thinking program and Lunchtime Maker Space.
Throughout her extensive years in public school education, she has taught a wide variety of grades and subjects including 5th grade Language Arts/Social Studies and a self-designed 5th/6th grade Shakespeare class and summer camp, "Shakin' It Up with Shakespeare.”
Ellen left her classroom two years ago to fully dedicate herself to learning, playing, iterating, and building deeper capacities for empathy with students, educators, and innovation thought leaders from around the globe.