Education, just like any other sector, has many diverse challenges—all of which might be addressed by design. From creating new solutions for the classroom, to radically re-thinking entire education systems, Sandy Speicher will share examples of recent work from IDEO and discuss some of the ways this multidisciplinary design firm has been evolving its design process for the unique context of education. Speicher will also discuss the issues that arise as designers expand their influence into the public and social sectors. Sandy Speicher leads Education practice at the global design firm IDEO. She has collaborated with the Gates Foundation to develop strategies to engage parents in national topics of education, partnered with Innova Schools to develop an affordable, high-quality school model for Peru, and helped Carnegie Corporation launch “100k in 10″—a designed response to President Obama’s call to action to get 100,000 more STEM teachers into the classrooms in the next 10 years—a new model for social change, as President Clinton has termed it. Speicher’s teams have also worked on tangible design solutions for classrooms, including the Node Chair for Steelcase, a tablet-based learning platform for middle school students, and online learning platforms for higher education institutions.