The Facts

With the launch of STUDIO 57, students will end the more traditional school day before lunch and “enter” an experience where they will be able to practice and demonstrate the following 21st century skills: collection of information, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and character. At CPHS, we feel these are necessary skills to become a productive member of society as students move into their 5th year plan and pathway post high school.

Through their work in STUDIO 57, students will earn a senior English credit along with additional credits in math, science, history, media, marketing, engineering and entrepreneurial/CTE, based on the nature of the project they choose to complete. The student driven class grants seniors the opportunity to acquire real world experiences in the community while earning credits. Through a final community presentation, the students will earn credit by achieving specific standards outlined by the master teacher of each curriculum/content area.

The project manager and master teachers have set rigorous standards for STUDIO 57. While the concept of this class is rooted in project student voice and choice, the ability to earn credit is grounded in Common Core, Next Generation Science, Applied Math standards and CTE frameworks. Learning and exploring through paths of choice adds a genuine and authentic element to learning and retention. Students will be asked to identify the standards they will master through their project and will then have to justify and prove they have mastered those standards through their work and presentations.  Mini lessons, one-on-one sessions, and internships, with the facilitators will assist students in linking their projects to the standards, skills and ultimately, class credits. The staff has undergone specific training for this Project Based Learning experience based off of Stanford Design School’s IDEO Method.

Distinctions Between Design and Design Thinking

“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
— Steve Jobs

Why Focus On Design Thinking?

In today’s job market, employers want to hire and work with versatile people who have a variety of these 21st century skill sets.

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Social Skills
  • Productivity
  • Leadership

They also want to see a record of continual learning achievement and a digital portfolio that demonstrates their competence, creativity and forward-thinking.

A recent study found that 65% of today’s grade-school kids will do jobs that have not been invented yet.  We have never seen such a rapid pace of accelerated change. The only competitive advantage in this new economic landscape is our ability to learn and adapt, which necessitates we have a self-education plan to be continually upgrading our skills.

“The world economy no longer pays you for what you know; Google knows everything. The world economy pays you for what you can do with what you know.” – Andrea Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills for the OECD


We live in an era of experiences, be they products or services, and we as a culture have come to have high expectations for these experiences and products. Both are becoming more complex in nature as information and technology continues to evolve. With each evolution comes a new set of unmet needs. While design thinking is simply an approach to problem solving, it increases the probability of success and a breakthrough for innovation.