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2023 Michigan Art Educator Association Conference

Learning environments are often created without the input or experience of the most important stakeholders: the people they are intended to serve. As a result, they fail to identify and meet very real needs. Inclusion is essential to creating equitable programs and deeper learning experiences. In both of our hands-on workshops, participants will explore how to apply design thinking tools and strategies for innovation in art education.
Session Date

October 27, 2023




The Kensington Hotel, Ann Arbor, MI

In Partnership with

Michigan Art Educator Association

What you are going to learn
Participants will dive deeper through the practice and use of powerful strategies/tools to engage essential stakeholders and co-create visions of more equitable futures, to discuss obstacles to inclusion, and to anticipate the processes, actions, and experiences needed to advance toward desired outcomes.
Throughout this course, you will

  • explore and practice with design thinking tools and strategies to build trust and belonging and design equitable classrooms and learning communities.
  • design equitable classrooms and learning communities.
  • leave with implementation plans to bring the work back to their home contexts. 
  • design equitable classrooms and learning communities.
  • leave with implementation plans to bring the work back to their home contexts. 


Clare McKenna


As National Program Director, Clare works in partnership with HFLI’s leadership team to advance HFLI’s national programs and vision of excellence in education for all. Clare believes education should ultimately foster students’ abilities to creatively transform their world, and she leverages a Deeper Learning by Doing® approach to promote experiences that guide learners to develop future-of-work readiness skills and competencies. She earned her School Administrator Certification in Education Leadership through Grand Valley State University, her M.A. in Teaching Secondary Education from Oakland University, and her B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University.

Theodore Kozerski


Theodore Kozerski guides the strategic growth of HFLI’s learning programs, while developing unique resources and experiences that help learners to think creatively, work collaboratively with others, and implement innovations. He brings a unique perspective to the role that blends a passion for socio-cultural anthropology, formal study and application of human-centered-design methods, experience as an entrepreneur, and a lens for inclusion and access. Theodore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from Wayne State University and identifies as a committed lifelong learner.

Deborah Parizek


Deborah Parizek drives HFLI’s efforts to provide workshops, programs and site coaching that pair effective education and human-centered design approaches, empowering learners to lead transformational change in, with and for their community. She is known for cultivating the conversations, empathy, and capacity critical to addressing complex challenges. Prior to joining HFLI in 2005, Deborah designed and directed extensive teacher leadership development programs for multiple school systems.