designing schools


I’m Sabba.

I believe that the future should be designed.
Not left to chance.

Over the past decade, using design thinking practices I've helped schools and businesses create a culture of innovation where everyone is empowered to move from idea to impact, to address complex challenges and discover opportunities. 

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a culture of innovation begins with a culture of empathy

I help schools build trust, encourage creativity, recognize accomplishments, and inspire a collective vision.

“I wanted to move our faculty from the 20th to 21st century.  Sabba helped translate our vision and dreams for the future into something that was pragmatic and possible.
Sabba single-handedly changed the DNA of our program.” 

Kevin Lohenry, PhD, PA-C
Director | University of southern california


to design schools

the opportunities

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Keynotes and Workshops


Tired of people talking at you?
The best investment you can make is in people. I help your teams design the future today, moving from ideas to impact. Grounded in the belief that we learn by doing, everyone will leave confident and ready to create changes as they design schools.

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Design Your Future: How to Figure Out What's Next

Designing a future is about more than choosing a college, a major, or a job. From self-awareness, to goal setting, to creating a professional presence and portfolio online, I share the four strategies for students to feel curious and confident about what's next after high school. 

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Unlock Your Professional Potential

From teaching in the classroom to education executive at Apple to creating my own company, a professional online presence opens up incredible opportunities. This new course will help you create a profile and presence that will spark curiosity and conversations. In 2023 LinkedIn is the best place to invest your time. 

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"As my reverse mentor Sabba is a trusted advisor with her research in strategic planning and how leaders can build social influence. Her diverse network has allowed me to expand my network to limit my blind spots as I make decisions for a large urban school district. "

jerry almendarez, superintendent
santa ana unified school district


Featuring Seth Godin, Erik Brynjolfsson, Devin Vodicka and Duncan Wardle. Travel with educator, and researcher Dr. Sabba Quidwai to learn how Design39 Campus, a public school in San Diego, CA challenged the traditional model of education by using a method called design thinking to answer that very question.

Hear from parents, educators, and administrators how this method gives everyone the knowledge, skills and mindsets to experience success by being able to innovate, create new products, services and business models to thrive at school, work, and as global citizens.


Designing Schools:
The Future is a Place We Create

Dr. Sabba Quidwai is the epitome of a learner-centered leader who develops shared purpose through inclusive collaboration. She asks inspiring questions and she is relentless in her curiosity to find better ways to effectively address meaningful challenges.

 Dr. Quidwai's insights that connect vulnerability, trust, collaboration, and design thinking are now paving the way to a brighter future. This documentary is a much-needed resource that will inform the way forward together. 

Devin Vodicka | author
ceo learner-centered collaborative



It's a question we think about often and one that today's world expects us to be comfortable with.
Join me each week as I chat with education leaders,  researchers and young people about how they are designing schools. 

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How do you navigate

top rated episodes

How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

Author, professor, and Director of the Digital Economy Lab at Stanford, Erik Brynjolfsson joins me to discuss the skills we need to thrive in the age of machines where there is shared prosperity. 

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Reinventing Education for The Second Machine Age

This podcast asks "How do you navigate change?" Listen in as I share stories and strategies for mastering your mindset to overcome the fear of failure as you begin and sustain new endeavors.

How Organizations Discover and
Align Their Values

How do you make decisions?
Best-selling author Brant Menswar, shares how to discover, align, and activate your values to reach your goals and guide decisions.

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“When I first met Sabba, I was immediately drawn to her passion for transforming education. Nearly ten years later, I am inspired by how she continues to re-imagine the learning experience.” 

Leighangela brady, EdD
superintendent national school district

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All of my best and life changing relationships began online. Whether it's a simple tweet, a DM or an email. It always begins and ends with the relationships we create. 

I can't wait to get to know you and discuss how might we design schools. 

As Simon Sinek Says:
"Alone is hard. Together is better."

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