John is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky, as well as Director of the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, and Founder of the OpenEye Group, a design thinking firm supporting schools and communities.

John is a specialist in the application of human centred design in education. He teaches a range of courses on design thinking, school technology leadership, and school reform. His current research agenda focuses on the methods to design and prototype innovations in education. He has held faculty positions at Iowa State University and the University of Texas at El Paso.

As a social research scientist at Stanford University, Nash held associate directorship positions in two laboratories: the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL), and the Stanford Learning Laboratory, where he managed interdisciplinary and international teams of research scientists examining the effects of innovative technologies on learning.


Day 2 11:00 – 12:15

Using Empathy and Observation to See More Deeply into the Lives of Children and Families

In this session participants will be introduced to design thinking and its use in creating positive outcomes for persons with disabilities. Through an immersive activity the participants will gain first hand experience in applying the concept of empathy to better understand the lives of children and families. Participants will leave with new insights on how to effectively frame inclusion programs and initiatives.