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11 Feb 2016

Assessing Inquiry, Innovation and Impact

    The work we do with our Innovation Diploma students is audacious. And we know that. But we think it’s imperative that learners work on projects and ventures that can manifest far beyond the walls of school, and that the potential impact from their work doesn’t end with an 87 in the grade book. Innovation Diploma aims to provide opportunity and space for learners to work on projects generated both from personal interests and needs from the community. We […]

07 Feb 2016

Auto Post Diigo To MVIFI.org (weekly)

IBM’s Got a Plan to Bring Design Thinking to Big Business | WIRED HT Kat Mattimoe Tags: designthinking, design_thinking, #MustRead, ##mvifishares, innovation – By Bo Adams “We wanted to shift that culture towards a focus on users’ outcomes,” Hill says. IBM today published its very own set of design thinking guidelines—a selection of best design practices the company hopes other big businesses will look to as they seek to remain relevant and profitable in a rapidly evolving corporate landscape. corporate trend in design thinking even though design […]

05 Feb 2016

The Post W/ Jeff Hilimire

Jeff Hilimire, CEO of Dragon Army, interviews Brett on The Post. The Post is a segment after podcast and where Brett is interviewed by the guest on Design Movement. Connect with Jeff Twitter – twitter/jeffhilimire On His Blog – jeffhilimire.com Design Movement is a podcast of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. Connect with Brett on Twitter – @jbrettjacobsen www.mvifi.org www.mountvernonschool.org

04 Feb 2016

Rescheduled! MVIFI XLR8 Talks: Dr. Dieter Breithecker, VS Furniture

Bodies in Motion, Brains in Motion: Movement makes kids better students. NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for January 22 and was cancelled due to weather. We are rescheduled for April 12! On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) is hosting Dr. Dieter Breithecker, German health and kinetics scientist, to give one of his incredible talks for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School faculty, staff, students, and parents, as well as other Atlanta-area educators and individuals who would […]

03 Feb 2016

Chip Houston: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Design Thinking

Chip Houston: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Design Thinking “Design thinking – human-centered problem solving – is messy.” Mount Vernon Head of Middle School Chip Houston provides a case study about learning-environment, space design to frame four strong pieces of advice about actual practice as a design thinker. fuse15 – 12:21 – Filmed June 17, 2015 This MoVe Talk was presented at an official MVIFI event and was featured on mvifi.org. View on YouTube  Bio for Chip Houston at chiphouston.com

01 Feb 2016

The Maker Movement has Something for Everyone | Creative Tension

I learned a valuable lesson Thursday during the MVIFI Dine and Design event. I hate to publicly admit it but I was not looking forward to the event. As a participant in maker sessions in the past I just haven’t enjoyed them that much. It’s not that I haven’t tried to get hooked on the movement. Several years ago I read Silvia Martinez and Gary Stager’s book Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom and I attended their session at […]

31 Jan 2016

Instructional Rounds Debrief, Take 1 | Visible Reflections

Cultivate a culture that is hungry for feedback. When I met Tyler Thigpen, head of upper school, he encouraged me to do just that. I did not know how when I heard his phrase three years ago, but that did not stop me from trying. I tried the line, “May I give you some feedback?” Then I changed my wording to, “May we collaborate on something?” I tried group think, one-on-ones, and dedicated reflection assignments. I tried modeling by asking […]

31 Jan 2016

Instructional Round, The Debrief | Visible Reflections

According to the work of Elizabeth City, Richard Elmore, Sarah Fiarman, and Lee Teitel in their book Instructional Rounds in Education, A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning, the debrief is a time to reflect on practice, discuss observations, analyze work, and grow from it. Three simple steps are described to accomplish this. Taking the time to describe what the observed realized from his or her observation is an important but easily skipped first step. It is necessary to describe […]

31 Jan 2016

Traditional Observation v Instructional Rounds – Chip Houston

In our third year of practicing instructional rounds, I continue to learn and grow in my ability to deliver quality, meaningful feedback to our teachers. They are the best. The top. The elite professionals. I often tell them they are the “Michael Phelps” of education. And even Michael Phelps needs a coach to be the best in his field. I believe instructional rounds is one of the most effective methods to professional growth in education. “A commitment to professional learning […]

31 Jan 2016

Implement Instructional Rounds – Chip Houston

.entry-header Implementing Instructional Rounds Recently, the idea was posed to us about how to implement instructional rounds. I’m so excited at the prospect of sharing this valuable practice with other educators, that my mind began racing. Hundreds of thoughts all crashing together in my mind at the same instant. Pulling out a trusty, white legal pad, I began to scribble down questions. Ah, start with questions. It’s embedded in my DNA. Questions for Schools to Discuss Before IR Can you describe […]