At the end of the first day of professional development at the beginning of the school year, have a suitcase party. teachers buy $50 tickets to enter a raffle in which 3-5 teachers (depending on budget) win an airplane ticket.
The winning teachers form a design team that will travel together to a location TBD with the goal of using design thinking to brainstorm and prototype ideas for better instruction across the school.
For departure, the team is given a backpack that is full of post-it notes, sharpies, blank journals, Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist, David and Tom Kelley's Creative Confidence, and Tim Brown's Change By Design.
From school funding and the raffle ticket sales, the team gets their trip paid for but they have to figure out the logistics of their trip based on what they have packed in their suitcases and the total budget they have. Their purpose is to generate as many ideas as possible, be inspired, have fun, and present a report when they return on the afternoon of the last day of the professional development week.