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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Human-Centered Design Thinking

Sometimes developing a solution requires a creative approach. Human-centered design is a process that starts with the user (Adult Education and Literacy participants or community partners) and works toward custom solutions. By working toward understanding those served and those whom Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) partners with, shared ideas can be embraced. The process focuses on three areas - inspiration, ideation and implementation.

Inspiration allows the exploration of creative possibilities while staying anchored to the needs of the individuals served by AEL and those partnered with common interests.

Ideation focuses on brainstorming all possible solutions, sorting those options and selecting the best to refine and evolve to the final phase.

Implementation allows the testing of the solution by those who can provide feedback.

If this process is new to you, we highly recommend you take's introductory Course for Human-Centered Design and that you practice human-centered design in approaching new and challenging opportunities in the adult education arena. Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design is a seven-week course starting February 2, 2016, that will introduce the concepts of human-centered design and how this approach can be used to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for change. This course has been created to reach those who are brand new to human-centered design, so no prior experience required.

By keeping the needs of AEL participants and community partners at the center of our delivery, Iowa's adult education programs will ensure that services are matched to needs.

Coordinator Spotlight:
Meet Ann Waynar

Ann Waynar
Adult Education/Literacy Coordinator/HiSET Chief Examiner
Iowa Central Community College

How long have you been a coordinator/instructor for Adult Education?
I have served as the AEL coordinator for 13 years. Prior to this I taught HSED classes part time in the community and then at North Central Correctional Facility. I like to say I received a work release for my current job!

Tell us one thing you enjoy about your position.
I aspired to be a teacher since I was a young girl and have enjoyed working with a range of ages from preschool to adults. My background is in elementary education, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed working with adult students when I started as a part time HSED instructor. It takes courage to make the phone call and start HSED and English language classes! I have been inspired and amazed by students who overcome many obstacles to earn their high school equivalency diplomas and make career and life changes. I have also been blessed to work with wonderful caring educators at Iowa Central and across the state of Iowa. I have made many wonderful friendships over the years!

Tell us about yourself - family, pets, spare time/hobbies.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska
B.S. in elementary education from University of Nebraska at Omaha and taught second grade earning $7,600 in 1976!
Master's in elementary education from Ball State University
Married to Mike for 39 years
Three children: Katie, chiropractor in Kansas City; Ben, firefighter/paramedic in Fort Dodge; and Maria, pharmacy tech in Ankeny
Hobbies: Reading, walking, cross country skiing, dancing and most of all hanging out with my two beautiful grandsons!

One of my favorite quotes:
"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." Theodore Roosevelt

One of my best vacations:
Hiking and zip lining in Glacier National Park, Montana, last summer.

My best piece of advice:
I learned my important lessons from my mother: Be happy with what you have, be accepting of people's differences and be forgiving.

2016 Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa caucuses are the first in the nation. That means Iowans are the first to voice their opinions on who should run for president. Candidates, parties and politicians too often believe that if a group of people is silent, it means everything's okay. We all know that's not true, so don't miss this important opportunity to be heard! Below are some great resources to help you stay up to date with the Iowa caucuses.

General Information

- Find your caucus location
- Guide to the Iowa Caucuses
- 2016 Iowa Caucus Guide 

Media/News Sources

-The Des Moines Register
- Iowa Public Radio
- Iowa Public Television

Party Caucus Information

- Iowa Democratic Party
- Republican Party of Iowa

Other Helpful Sources

-Iowa Caucus Project
- GDM Partnership Caucus Initiative
- ISU's Caucus Project
- Democracy in Action

Mary's Story

Mary Campbell graduated with her diploma from EICC in May 2015 after several years trying. She turned 70 years old one week before graduation. She was the daughter of sharecroppers and married and pregnant by age 13. After she completed the program, she was hired part-time at EICC and works directly with students. Read her inspirational story here.



 Inspire Success

Your Future Starts Here Iowa wants to help people share their stories. As an adult, it can be a daunting task to earn your HSED, start an ESL program, further your education or begin your career, but now, more than ever, is the time to start. Share your story and encourage someone to forge their path today!

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