Welcome Educators!

We at WindowsWear have a strong belief in the importance of ensuring you, the educator, have access to industry aligned digital content that is current, relevant, and timely. Our resources will serve many of your instructional needs, be it concerning digital marketing, fashion, design, branding, visual merchandising, e-commerce, interior/store design, or trends, and also as a service to you through our opportunities to create online portfolios, industry connections, live and virtual classroom events, and onsite educator professional development.

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Why WindowsWear in Your Classroom?

Since WindowsWear is industry driven, it was created with that audience in mind and so will read as such. As an educator, it is vital the pre-professional (your students) are aware of real world platforms, how to utilize it to ensure industry understanding is aligned with current and relevant practices, and to establish relationships with industry partners early in their careers.

WindowsWear can be invaluable to your students over their entire career as they:
* Learn about the ever-evolving industry practices from those presently working in the industry.
* Create their own collection of best work through brand projects and portfolio creation (which could catch the attention of industry partners).
* Secure internships and focus on industry transitions, thus building resumes and relationships with both emerging and established design houses.
* Meet their job responsibilities as a newly hired professional which requires trend identification, marketing/sales analysis and even in identifying new talent for hire through the same portfolio, internship and project partnerships experienced when they were pre-professionals.

All students & faculty that are academic members of WindowsWear will have all the benefits of the WindowsWear membership, including access to all our content, as well as connecting students to tens of thousands of industry professionals worldwide through the Student Awards, Mentorship Program, and Virtual Classroom.

Teacher Professional Development

Ever wonder where your students might work as the result of your Fashion, Apparel, Textile, and Interior Design instruction? Plan now to learn all about the fashion industry from those who are IN the industry by attending this trip to NYC. The event is being tailored to introduce you to knowledge and technical skills related to the business of fashion–retail design, production management, visual merchandising and costuming as aligned to Family & Consumer Sciences standards and competencies. Go behind the scenes at design houses, analyze the windows of NYC fashion icons and gain real-world experiences you can use in your classroom. Curriculum development discussions (to align your NYC experience to the competencies of Family & Consumer Sciences standards and competencies) will take place continually during this event.

Click here to learn more about this year’s teacher professional development conference.

Family and Consumer Sciences “FCS” Education National Standards 3.0 Alignment to WindowsWear

Many of the Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards can be addressed through using the WindowsWear content. The following indicates what is most directly aligned to using WindowsWear as an educational resource.

 

Area of Study ID National Standard WindowsWear Connection
1.0 Career, Community and Family Connections 1.2.1 Analyze potential career choices to determine the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and opportunities associated with each career.  Community: Industry investigation assignments
  1.2.3 Apply communication skills in school, community, and workplace settings and with diverse populations. Channels: Research papers written after investigating information available through this content portal. 
Community: Interviews with industry professionals
  1.2.8 Demonstrate employability skills, work ethics and professionalism. Community: Interactions with industry professionals
Education: Participate in student contests and virtual and in-person events sponsored by WindowsWear
2.0 Consumer and Family Resources 2.1.1 Apply time management, organizational and process skills to prioritize tasks and achieve goals.  Database: Research projects
Community:
Interactions with industry professionals which will require to work within their schedules.
  2.2.3 Demonstrate behaviors that conserve, reuse, and recycle resources to maintain the environment. Channels: Investigate “sustainability” channels for current trends and create local efforts to support them.  
  2.4.2 Analyze how media and technological advances influence family and consumer decisions.  Content: Investigate methods used by stores to promote sales. 
3.0 Consumer Services 3.1.1 Analyze opportunities for employment and entrepreneurial endeavors. Community: Research of industry professionals to explore employment opportunities.
Education: Take part in student virtual and in person events sponsored by WindowsWear.
  3.4.4 Examine waste management issues and local, national, international, and global issues. Channels: Investigate “sustainability” channels for current trends and create local efforts to support them.  
  3.4.5 Examine roles of government, culture, industry, and family in energy consumption. Channels: Investigate “sustainability” channels for current trends and create local efforts to support them.  
  3.5.1 Conduct market research to determine consumer trends and product development needs for diverse populations. Database: Review historical trends to learn how to identify influencers to trend development.
Channels: Investigate the “WindowsWear” filter for newest findings and “Trends” for support information. 
  3.5.2 Design or analyze a consumer product. Database: Utilize archive data to locate a product to analyze.
Channels: See Database.
  3.5.6 Evaluate the labeling, packaging, and support materials of consumer goods. Database: Utilize the e-commerce files to review packaging of selected fashion items. 
11.0 Housing and Interior Design 11.1.5 Create an employment portfolio to communicate housing and interior design careers knowledge and skills Education: Create an online portfolio to capture examples of interior design used in story layout and/or window design.
  11.1.7 Analyze the attitudes, traits and values of professional responsibility, accountability and effectiveness required for careers in housing and interior design. Community: Interviews with industry professionals
  11.2.1 Evaluate the use of elements and principles of design in housing and commercial and residential interiors. Database: Explore, analyze, compare, and contrast window design and store/ pop up layout.
  11.2.2 Analyze the psychological impact that the principles and elements of design have on the individual.
  11.2.3 Analyze the effects that the principles and elements of design have on aesthetics and function.
  11.2.4 Apply principles of human behavior, ergonomics, and anthropometrics to the design of housing, interiors, and furnishings. Education: Take part in student contests related to window or product displays to demonstrate abilities to apply the concepts. 
  11.3.2 Evaluate manufacturers, products and materials considering building codes and regulations, environmental protection, care and maintenance, and safety issues. Database: Explore, analyze, compare, and contrast window design and store/ pop up layout o the next level by aligning examples to building codes and safety regulations for retail spaces.
  11.3.6 Demonstrate design processes such as determining the scope of a project, programming, research, concept development, schematic design, design drawing and design development and presentation. Education: Take part in student contests related to window or product displays to demonstrate abilities to apply the concepts.
  11.4.2 Evaluate floor plans for efficiency and safety in areas including but not limited to zones, traffic patterns; storage, and electrical, plumbing, ventilation, and thermal systems. Database: Analyze store/pop floor plan design.
  11.4.4 Arrange furniture placement with reference to principles of design, traffic flow, activity, and existing architectural features.  Education: Take part in student contests related to window display or store layout to demonstrate abilities to apply the concepts.
  11.5.1 Describe features of furnishings that are characteristic of various historical periods Database: Review historical trends through window display analysis.
  11.5.4 Compare and contrast historical architectural details to current housing and interior design trends. Database: Analyze historical window displays to current displays to compare and contrast interior design features and details as an introduction to assignments with more flexible parameters.  
16.0 Textiles, Fashion & Apparel 16.1.2 Analyze opportunities for employment and entrepreneurial endeavors. Community: Research industry professionals to explore employment opportunities in textiles, fashion, and apparel.
Education:
Take part in student virtual and in-person events sponsored by WindowsWear.
  16.1.5 Create an employment portfolio to communicate textiles, fashion, and apparel knowledge and skills.  Education: Create an online portfolio to capture examples of textiles and apparel experiences and samples of work. 
  16.3.1 Explain the ways in which fiber, fabrics, texture, pattern, and finish can affect visual appearances.  Database: Analyze fashion related window displays to identify apparel features and details which impact visual appearances.   
  16.3.2 Apply basic and complex color schemes and color theory to develop and enhance visual effects.  Database: Analyze fashion related window displays to identify apparel features and details which involve use of color.   
  16.3.4 Demonstrate design concepts using fiber, fabric, or digital means, employing draping and/or flat pattern making techniques.  Education: Take part in student contests related to demonstrating abilities to address the concepts.
  16.3.8 Evaluate the impact of history of design and designers, arts and culture, trend setters, and global influences on textiles, fashion, and apparel.  Database: Analyze fashion related window displays from around the global to identify apparel features and details which indicate impact of a variety of influences.   
  16.5.1 Apply marketing strategies for textiles, fashion, and apparel in the global marketplace.  Database: Analyze store/pop floor plan design and e-commerce to learn marketing strategies used which can then be used to market new products. 
  16.5.3 Analyze ethical considerations for merchandizing textiles, fashion, and apparel.  Database: Utilize archive data to build foundational understanding through project analysis.  
Channels: Utilize archive information (print and video) to build foundational understanding of concepts. 
  16.5.4 Analyze external factors that influence merchandizing.
  16.5.5 Critique a variety of methods for promoting textiles, fashion, and apparel to diverse populations.
  16.5.6 Apply research methods, including forecasting techniques, for marketing textiles, fashion, and apparel. 
  16.7.6 Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of external factors upon the textiles, apparel, and fashion industries.  Database: Utilize archive data to build foundational understanding through textile, apparel and/or fashion analysis OR use them as examples of external impacts.  
Channels: Utilize archive information (print and video) to build foundational understanding of concepts OR use them as examples to illustrate the impacts of external factors.

 

Download Lesson Plans Created by Educators from our Community

The Four Basic Principles of Design
This lesson teaches students how to evaluate the four basic principles of design, which are contrast, repetition, alignment and
proximity. By the end of this lesson module, students will be able to successfully:
1. Define the four principles of design
2. Identify elements of good design using retail windows as their reference
3. Implement basic elements of good design into their own creative work.

By Joshua Williams, Professor at Parsons School of Design (New York, New York)

Politics & Propaganda
This lesson teaches students how to recognize and analyze historical social events within the context of arts, culture and design. By
the end of this lesson module, students will be able to successfully:
1. Recognize the use of political themes and propaganda in design and retail specifically related to World War II,
2. Identify various techniques used in window displays to sell product using political propaganda during World War II,
3. Analyze and employ current propaganda techniques in today’s political climate to sell products.

By Joshua Williams, Professor at Parsons School of Design (New York, New York)

Value vs. Worth
This lesson teaches students how to recognize the differences between value and worth, and how brands mark-up products using
percentages. By the end of this lesson module, students will be able to successfully:
1. Define the terms value and worth, COG, FOB, LDP, wholesale and retail,
2. Describe how brands make a profit at key levels of the supply chain,
3. Demonstrate how worth is created,
4. Execute a basic mark-up and mark-down procedure using “keystone” percentages.

By Joshua Williams, Professor at Parsons School of Design (New York, New York)

The Basics of Customer Service: Returns and Exchanges
This lesson teaches students the skills needed to work in customer service, specifically exchanges and returns. By the end of this lesson module, students will be able to successfully:
1. Explain the rules for good customer service;
2. Evaluate various return policies.
3. Demonstrate the steps needed to help a client return and/or exchange a purchase;

By Pamela Babb, Teacher at Burlington High School (Burlington, Kansas). Download the presentation.

Please email us at education@windowswear.com with your lesson plan so we can also include it on this page. Please note these lesson plans are not aligned to a format nor vetted to ensure it includes everything that our educational community may be looking for.

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