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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

03 Oct 2017

Design Briefs: Blurring the Line Between School and Real Life

Most people would agree that maths, science, reading, and writing exist outside of the classroom. So why do we teach them in separated classes in school? At Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, connecting students to the world around them plays a big role in establishing the context for student learning. As a third grade teacher, I have taken students out of the classroom and have been amazed at the types of questions and learning the students were capable of. I brought […]

18 Sep 2017

Authentic Learning Adventures: Nicole Martin

In her June 2017 MoVe Talk, Nicole Martin, challenges all learners, adults and children alike, to get outside and start adventuring as seekers and explorers as a means to encounter deep learning experiences.     At Mount Vernon, we are systemically rethinking the way we take students off campus from a run-of-the-mill educational field trip, where students are typically passive consumers. Instead, we’re more focused on our learners being actively involved in the experience through the lenses of observation and […]

20 Apr 2017

Part 2: Keys to Lead w/ Michael A. Pitcher

This is part two of Design Movement’s interview with Michael ““Mike”” A. Pitcher former President and CEO of LeasePlan USA, one of the leading fleet management companies in the United States. Under Pitcher’s leadership, LeasePlan USA was recognized as a top workplace for its Atlanta and Chicago locations every year since 2010. In his book, the Seven eLements of Leadership for a New Breed of Leader, Pitcher identifies the seven key elements of leadership that are essential for leaders to […]

27 Jan 2017

The Slow Hunch: One iDiploma Member’s Story

WRITTEN BY MEGHAN CURETON Meet Brady. He joined the iDiploma program last year as a freshman. He had aspirations to innovate something and start a business. Hailing creators like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, he put together some impressive videos outlining his definition of innovation and even an idea for innovating the backpack. He said all the right things during his interview and easily convinced the iDiploma application committee that he would be an asset to the team. We were […]

11 Jan 2017

Kawai Lai | A Night of Inquiry, Innovation, and Impact

On October 20, 2016 Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in conjunction with its R&D hub MVIFI (Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation), took a deep dive exploration into what the future demands of those who wish to design a better world. Six trailblazers from several industries shared their inspirations and provocations for what the future demands of modern day mavericks. One of the standout speakers was Kawai Lai, the Vice President of Education Technology and Learning Services at the National Association of […]