For teachers

Queensland teachers interested in improving their knowledge of design and introducing design thinking to the classroom are encouraged to apply for the

Queensland-Smithsonian (Cooper-Hewitt) Design Museum Fellowship

The Queensland-Smithsonian (Cooper-Hewitt) Design Museum Fellowship gives one Queensland school teacher each year the opportunity to travel to the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and work with the Cooper-Hewitt’s Education Department.

Cooper-Hewitt’s Education Department is widely recognised for its design education programs. The programs explore the role of design in everyday life and encourage the practice of design and creativity in education and the broader community.

The Fellow will gain experience in classroom, community and online strategies for delivering quality design education, developing knowledge and skills to apply and share with students and colleagues back in Queensland.

The inaugural Queensland-Smithsonian (Cooper-Hewitt) Design Museum Fellow (2008) was Mr Leslie Hooper, Head of Department of Visual Arts, Kelvin Grove State College. The 2009-2010 Fellow was Mr Kevin Collins, Technology Education Teacher, Barcaldine State School.

Great resources for introducing design thinking to your classroom can be found on the amazing site Design Thinking for Educators, which includes a downloadable tool kit, case studies and personal tips and stories from teachers.

More resources are also available on our resources page and also at the State Library of Queensland’s Asia Pacific Design Library.

Asia Pacific Design Library

The Asia Pacific Design Lounge is located on Level 2 of the State Library of Queensland at the Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

The Asia Pacific Design Library’s special collection and program of activities will grow and thrive over time through local, national and global partnerships

Register your interest and subscribe to their electronic mailing list for news about the Asia Pacific Design Library and other initiatives as they happen.

Download a brochure on the Asia Pacific Design Library (link to supplied pdf).