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Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation

17 Apr 2018

HMW curate a museum that evokes empathy about social justice?

Blog post by Team 3, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School   We start with questions here at Mount Vernon…. How might we curate a museum that evokes empathy around social justice? Before beginning our research around social justice, our driving question led us to investigate museums and how they are created. We decided to take an expedition to Fernbank Museum of Natural History so that students could examine different types of exhibits as well as elements of museums including lighting, sound, […]

07 Mar 2018

The Paco Project – A Serendipitous Opportunity

An amazing opportunity came my way thanks to my PLN to engage students in a real-world design thinking challenge involving Paco, a blind dog: This could also be a chance for our MVIFI team to test out some tweaks to our DT/MDE methodology that we’ve been tinkering with in an authentic setting – real user, real problem, real designers. But more importantly, it would be an incredible opportunity for students to witness their ability to make an impact through the […]

20 Feb 2018

Using Critique for Formative Assessment and Higher Craftsmanship

Leveling Up Project Craftsmanship with Critique “Craftsmanship means dwelling on a task for a long time and going deeply into it, because you want to get it right.” – Matthew B. Crawford. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work   This week MVIFI hosted Collider  – an in house unconference style professional learning day*. I was curious to test and share a hypothesis that I have been pondering: As critique leads to higher craftsmanship, depth and complexity of […]

23 Jan 2018

MVIFI Transformational Design Kit cards feedback Baker-Butler Elementary School (Charlottesville, VA) -Steve Saunders, Principal

A guest blog post by Steve Saunders, Principal at Baker-Butler Elementary in Charlottesville, VA   We are a public elementary school with 649 students in grades K-5. In June seven of our teachers attended fuse17. Those teachers who attended fuse17 used the TDT cards along with the MVIFI playbook this fall in several design challenges. Here are a couple of examples with pictures and feedback from our team. Name: Beth Roesch Feedback: Dot Voting helped us narrow our focus, Party […]

17 Jan 2018

Transformation Design Kit: The Right Tool for the Task at Hand by Kathy Washington, Paideia School

Guest post by Kathy Washington, Paideia School, Atlanta, GA . A blog post about her team’s experience as a MVIFI Transformational Design Kit (TDK) beta tester. The Transformation Design Kit (TDK) is a collection of mini-lessons, tools, and sparks (interactive games to spark creativity) presented on 5×7 cards housed on a keyring. Based on the portable nature of the kit, I gather that the cards are intended to be used in the moment. In practice, I did not use them […]

10 Jan 2018

TDK Beta Test – Building Capacity in D102! by Rob Hudson

Guest post by Rob Hudson, Assistant Superintendent, Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD #102, Illinois . A blog post about his team’s experience as a MVIFI Transformational Design Kit (TDK) beta tester. We were so thankful to have returned to MVIFI through the EdLeader21 site visit. At this time, we were privileged to have experienced the culture and climate that exemplifies the level at which design thinking is embedded throughout the organization. Being immersed in the practice of design through empathy, witnessing students in […]

05 Dec 2017

Moving The Rock w/ Grant Lichtman | Part 2

Grant Lichtman joins to Design Movement to discuss his latest book, Moving the Rock: 7 Levers We Can Press to Transform Education. Grant moves past establishing a case for change and develops a practical toolkit for any school community to lean into the future in a collaborative manner. This book is a multiplier in closing the gap between school life and real life. In Part 1, we discuss the first 3 levers we can all press to transform our own […]

30 Nov 2017

Moving The Rock w/ Grant Lichtman | Part 1

Grant Lichtman joins to Design Movement to discuss his latest book, Moving the Rock: 7 Levers We Can Press to Transform Education. Grant moves past establishing a case for change and develops a practical toolkit for any school community to lean into the future in a collaborative manner. This book is a multiplier in closing the gap between school life and real life. In Part 1, we discuss the first 3 levers we can all press to transform our own […]

30 Nov 2017

LEAP: Leadership Experience Advisement Program for Grade 6 | Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

LEAP: Leadership Experience Advisement Program for Grade 6 November 29, 2017 Focusing on team building, MVIFI (Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation) leaders designed and facilitated a half-day event for the entire sixth grade, layered in the Captain-Crew-Passenger method of dynamic leadership. Broken into their advisory groups, students participated in an outdoor/experiential educational model, threading a story through the process of action, application, and purposeful reflection. After participating in activities such as: Trust Fall, Bull Ring, Stump Jumping, Alligator Boards, and […]

29 Nov 2017

Restaurant Profile Writing as PBL, by Max Hanson

Guest post by Max Hanson, Middle School Dean of Operations and Student Life, Grades 7 and 8, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Posted from an email originally sent to parents of students in Mr. Hanson’s 8th grade English Language Arts course. === Dear Parents, Last Fall, my 9 year-old daughter was studying Greek Architecture at school and brought home an assigned project calling for her to recreate a smaller-scale version of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. By the end […]