A Shark Tank State of Mind: Empowering an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Design Thinking in the Classroom

Entrepreneurial thinking means innovating, creative problem-solving, and seeking
out new opportunities. These skills are critical to success now, and in the careers of the future. By 2020, at least 40% of America’s workforce will be entrepreneurs, freelancers or contractors¹, and 54% of Millennials either want to start a business or have already done so.² The workforce of tomorrow will be more flexible, independent, and entrepreneurial, regardless of the field. As we prepare students for their careers in this new economy — as employees or business owners — we have to acknowledge that they will need a very different set of skills than what has been taught in the past, and those skills will need to be taught in evolving ways.

This session will introduce activities and resources to help students hone their innovative thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and other entrepreneurial traits essential for success. Attendees will receive access to free online  lessons focused on developing middle and high school students’ entrepreneurial mindsets. Educators will leave this session with an awareness of the Culturally Responsive Teaching framework as well as strategies to create opportunities for deeper classroom conversations surrounding race and equity. Attendees will also gain access to a digital resource for teaching about Black History as well an Anti-Racism Extension Guide, complete with lessons, activities, and relevant articles.

Attendees will receive:

  • A certificate for 1 hour of professional learning
  • Access to the free digital lessons from FutureSmart and Venture: Entrepreneurial Expedition