Discomfort by Design
Discomfort by Design is a pure, heartfelt, thoughtful, and exquisitely developed book about more than design learning, education, or pedagogy.
About the Book
Read any school’s mission statement and you will probably discover each strives to prepare students for the world that awaits them after their educational journey. This is a world full of experiences and challenges which are outside the comfort zones of many of our students. All of this will require specific skills and traits which are often overlooked by our current, result-oriented, education system. Discomfort by Design takes you on an entertaining and inspirational journey through a process of stepping out of our comfort zones both in and outside of the classroom. Along the way, Discomfort by Design fosters essential skills in all of us, promotes critical thinking and problem-solving, and encourages us to pursue becoming a better version of ourselves. It’s a life-changing message and process that every student, teacher, administrator, and parent needs to experience.
About the Author
Chad LeDune lives in rural Indiana with his beautiful wife, Heather, their four children, and their two dogs. He loves to travel wherever his teacher’s salary will allow, spend his rare downtime with family and friends, and competing against his fellow middle-aged friends in local basketball games. Experiencing the ups and downs of life has given him an appreciation of time and all of the small, precious details of an ordinary day.
Having dedicated 18 years to educating middle and high school students, Chad is passionate about meeting today’s students' diverse needs through STEM education. His dedication to his vision and message of Discomfort by Design has taken him well beyond his previously cherished comfort zone. In addition to his work as a STEM and CTE teacher at the Southwest School Corporation, Chad has challenged himself with several other educational endeavors. These include writing STEM curriculum for his state of Indiana, founding and coordinating an annual STEMfest for area youth, leading teachers and teaching students at a summer migrant education school, training and accompanying STEM teachers for summer exchange in China, and branching into the online education sector as STEM coordinator for an online private academy.
Chad thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to speak to educators on the benefits that come from his vision of design learning. He has been a keynote or guest speaker at numerous educational conferences, including taking his message to members of the Chinese Education Department. With this same passion, he founded his own consulting service, Variables of Education. This endeavor allows him to train and assist in the implementation process of creating innovative educational experiences for all involved.
If you want to see the real face of education -- the one fraught with challenges and setbacks yet leads to inspiration -- this book is for you. Chad LeDune shares his own discomfort and how it helped him improve as an educator. You'll learn about design learning and a framework for creating meaningful learning. It's Discomfort by Design, something Chad has earned and freely shares in these pages!
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Chad LeDune's Professional Biography
Current doctoral student in Instructional Technology with a focus in STEM Leadership
BS in Elementary Education from Indiana State University
Master's Degree in STEM Leadership
Master’s Certificate in STEM Education from University of Cincinnati
National Institute of STEM Education Certified
18 years of teaching science, STEM, and CTE at the middle/high school level
Author of Discomfort by Design through Code Breaker publishing company
STEM Coordinator for Chinese Education Connection
Former STEM Coordinator for Dolphin STEM Academy
STEM curriculum writer for the Indiana Department of Education
Subject of “Haiyin STEM Expert Talks Classroom with Chad”
Subject of “My Dad's a Science Teacher!” YouTube Channel
Founder of Wabash Valley STEMFest
Winner of 2018 Indiana Connected Educator Outstanding Leader Award
Conference Speaking Experience;
-Keynote Speaker at 2019 SPARC Conference
-Keynote Speaker at 2019 ICE Conference
-Spotlight Speaker at Matt Miller’s Ditch that Conference
-Spotlight Speaker for Zhejiang Provincial DOE 2018
-2018, 2019, 2020 Purdue Educator STEM Conference
-2017 and 2018 ICE Conference
-2016 and 2017 HECC Conference
-2016 and 2017 AdvancEd State STEM Conference
-Over 20 appearances at Indiana eLearning Conferences
As an educational facility in an increasingly dynamic and competitive education environment, facilities must strive to be the premier option for students’ academic needs. In order to be the best, you must provide opportunities for your students that are divergent and superior to those opportunities offered in a more traditional school setting. To do this, the mindset of your administration, teachers, and students must be conducive to innovation and growth. Through the analysis of current practices at your school, Chad will aid in the identification of the specific variables necessary for your school's pathway to success. Chad's guidance and training provides opportunities for an increase in motivation, achievement, opportunity, morale, your school's status in the community and surrounding areas, and even overall appearance of the building and grounds. The customized program Chad provides through his curriculum development, coaching, and training promotes the 21st century skills students need to succeed in today’s competitive world.
Chad's Consulting -Variables of Education
The mission of Variables of Education is to improve the educational journey for students, teachers, and administration by providing custom curriculum designed to meet targeted goals and specific needs. Variables of Education strives to empower its education partners by helping to create an innovative and growth-focused mindset based on experiential education that includes activities inside and outside the normal school setting. By doing so, Variables of Education equips students with the skills and knowledge base required for the 21st century world in which they live.
Expertise. Innovation. Growth.
Innovation and Growth Curriculum
Through a curriculum called Innovation and Growth by Design, Chad offers over 20 custom-designed services that will transform your school into the academic facility that your students, faculty, and community deserve.
Looking for opportunities that will give your students an experience superior to and divergent from other schools? Let Chad work with you to identify these areas and design innovative solutions with the faculty, staff and students at your school.
Professional Development Speaker
Allow Chad to kick off your professional development for your school by having him speak on one of his areas of expertise. These motivating and entertaining topics all stem from his book, Discomfort by Design. Chad is also able to customize a keynote to address any identified issue of your school.
What Chad's Audience has to Say
Kevin Honeycutt - International Keynote Speaker
"Chad LeDune is an honest, fresh, and common sense voice in a rather dense speaker/trainer forest. His ideas come directly from a classroom where kids are intrigued and involved in their own learning. Take the time to investigate this man's mission."