Educator's Workshop for Entrepreneurial Studies

Hawken School pioneered the teaching of entrepreneurship to high school and middle school students in problem-based courses using the Lean Launch Pad (LLP) methodology. LLP, used by the top graduate schools, incorporates the business model canvas with customer development and agile development in team-based, experiential learning. In this workshop, we equip educators of students in grades 5-12 to design and implement LLP-based entrepreneurial studies curricula that will be transformative for students. On day 1, you will begin by experiencing the learning through a full day immersion in the course as our students experience it. On day 2, we will share our curriculum and our best resources, along with details of the most successful elements of our courses. For the balance of the day, you will develop curricula and/or programs that will fit your school with coaching from our experienced educators. And you will be immersed for two-and-a-half days in a shared learning experience with some of the earliest educators to develop LLP-based curriculum for young students.

2015 Workshops

Beginner East – Cleveland, Ohio – November 7-9, 2014

Beginner West – K & S Ranch, Pescadero, CA – June 22-24, 2015

Advanced West – K & S Ranch, Pescadero, CA – June 24-26, 2015

Why You Should Come

This workshop is designed for educators who are already committed to developing an LLP-based entrepreneurial studies course or program. Participants will:

Get the full experience of problem-based, team-based learning that you’re hoping to create for your students. Adults learn by doing, also.

Have open access to anything that we have created, used or experienced – we are completely transparent. Our goal is to share what we’ve learned so that this kind of learning happens for more students.

Have the opportunity to learn from our experiences – successful and failed – as we’ve built and taught completely problem-based courses that do not fit any of the constructs of a traditional academic course, and that don’t fit easily in a grade and standardized test-based school system.

Learn about the ways in which this course develops skills, knowledge and character that prepare students for their world in ways that traditional courses have not.

Become part of a cohort of educators who are among the first to do this.

The Instructors

Doris KordaDoris Korda

Associate Head of School and Director of The Miller Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Tim DesmondTim Desmond

Assistant Director of The Miller Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Alexander KehayaAlexander Kehaya

Founder, TeachingTrep, NextMover
Doris Korda teaches Hawken’s Entrepreneurial Studies Semester Course and designed the overall program from its inception three years ago. With 18 years in schools and 15 years in business, Doris started her career as an engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories, then joined a handful of others to build a small network company into Sterling Commerce, a $300 million, publicly traded electronic commerce software business. Doris began her education career as a math teacher and later a department chair. After studying for her master’s at Columbia’s Teacher’s College, Doris went in search of a school where she could combine her business skills with her passion for kids and education to find ways to do school better. Tim Desmond teaches Hawken’s Entrepreneurial Studies Semester Course and is the Assistant Director of the program. He has over twenty years of experience in education. Tim started as a middle school history teacher at The Peck School. He served as the Director of Technology for the Ensworth School before coming to Hawken where he has been a middle school teacher, the upper school Instructional Technologist and an upper school history teacher. Tim earned a BA degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s of Education degree from Duquesne University and holds several CompTIA and Microsoft Certifications. He is a writer with extensive marketing knowledge in online sales platforms and brings an entrepreneurial spirit and passion to the classroom. Alex Kehaya is a passionate educator and entrepreneur living in Santa Barbara, California. His passions have inspired him to create an innovative entrepreneurship program at Dunn School. As an early adopter of the Lean Launchpad Methodology, Alex has been able to build one of the first programs tailored toward high school and middle school students. He continues to support the local start up community by participating in local events, and volunteering his time as a co-instructor for the Lean LaunchPad at UCSB’s Technology Management Program. Founding NextMover, Inc, advising several startups, and developing countless business ideas has allowed him to bring real world experience into the classroom. You can follow him on his blog TeachingTrep and on Twitter @afkehaya.

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Questions?  Contact Eleanor Anderson, Director of Constituent Relations & Events,, 440.423.2951.