New learning theory being introduced at two San Diego North County campuses

While innovations in teaching seem to come and go every few years, two North County school districts are so committed to one new method that they’ve named soon-to-open schools after it.

It’s called design thinking, and it’s coming to Poway and Vista unified school districts.

Vista Innovation and Design Academy — already referred to as VIDA within the Vista Unified School District — opens Monday at 340 Olive Ave., the former site of Washington Middle School. The magnet school will serve grades six through eight.

Design 39 Campus opens Wednesday at 17050 Del Sur Ridge, San Diego, in the Poway Unified School District. The school will have preschool through sixth grade its first year and add additional grades each year until it includes eighth-graders.

Design thinking begins with identifying a problem and understanding how someone will benefit from its solution, then following a series of specific steps that include brainstorming and researching before reaching a solution.

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