Ellen’s workshops are always well-received by teachers and principal practitioners alike, whether in small teams or larger groups. The impact of her work continues to resonate with teachers from Shenzhen, China to San Diego, California. Her unique approach to human-centered design provides the nascent-to-expert creators and innovators with practical tools to bring unearthed ideas to light. I have found her work to be incredibly powerful and I always find a way to collaborate and learn with her every chance I get! Ellen speaks in a universal language that all teachers hear. I cannot recommend her any higher.
— Dr. Kaleb Rashad , Director of Creative Leadership, High Tech High
”Ready, Set, Transform a district forward! If you’re looking to make a real educational difference through Design Thinking in your school and/or district, look no further Ellen Deutscher. Her vast educational experiences, knowledge, and professionalism provided my staff with empathetic, innovative, game changing strategies to better not only the lives of our students, but also our entire community. In a world where schools need more empathetic, creative minds, look no further than Ellen!”
— Glenn Robbins, Superintendent, Tabernacle School District, Tabernacle, NJ
I have had the pleasure of both being a participant in Ellen’s sessions and asking her to present at professional development sessions across North America. Ellen is at the top of the class in leading workshops that equally inspire and engage her audiences. Participants walk away with activities, strategies, and skills that can be used in their work immediately - regardless of their role. Ellen is a master of improv activities, Empathy building, and all things Design Thinking. Having more than 20 years of classroom experience, Ellen also has deep roots of experience with IDEO and the the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the d.school). I would not hesitate to recommend Ellen, and I feel blessed to be connected with her!
— Dr.Eric Chagala, Founding Principal Vista Innovation Academy (VIDA), CA, Cofounder #DesignCamp for Education
Whether new to Design Thinking or a seasoned pro, Ellen provides something to learn for everyone! She made me laugh, she made me think, and she even made me do a little dance. I know I’m a better empathizer and ‘ideater’ because of her workshop.
— - Dr. Laura Spencer, Executive Director of Innovation and Design, Del Mar Union School District, CA