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Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation

15 Jan 2016

Building Innovators | I wonder

Yesterday, we hosted a coffee for parents and students currently enrolled in Innovation Diploma. It was such a great morning to share the work our kids have been engaged in for the past few months, and it was an opportunity to talk with parents about the why and the how of what we do every day in iDiploma. We began the morning trying to define the word innovation and decided that while there are countless definitions, essentially all definitions include […]

01 Jan 2016

Anya Smith: Thinking Like a Designer

Anya Smith: Thinking Like a Designer The world is malleable and everything in the made world is designed. Mount Vernon Innovation Diploma leader Anya Smith inspires our sense of agency and creative confidence, and she provides her recipe for success in taking on and tackling problems to make a positive difference. And she challenges us all to consider one of her big questions: “What if school created designers?” fuse15 – 9:03 – Filmed June 17, 2015 This MoVe Talk was presented […]

11 Dec 2015

How to Host a Maker Dine and Design Evening

As part of MVIFI’s hosting work, we’ve created an evening of fellowship and fun for people to learn more about maker-centered learning environments. The goals of the evening involve helping participants recognize, through direct experience, (1) that deep minds-on learning is connected to hands-on learning; (2) that new tools and materials for creation are more accessible than ever before; (3) that while learning to create something is an individual endeavor, it is often a community of learners that enable/enhance/enrich that learning for […]

09 Dec 2015

The HIVE

How might we remind our community that we are all makers? How might we make students’ creative ideas tangible? How might we design a space that invites creative and industrious behavior? How might we create a space that communicates our culture of making? How might we make a learning space that is magical? Industrious. Buzz. Collaborative. Transdisciplinary. Shared purpose. Shared learning. At MVPS we start with questions and divergent thinking. The how might we’s listed above are just some of the questions our team is […]

03 Dec 2015

MVIFI XLR8 Talks: Dr. Dieter Breithecker, VS Furniture

Bodies in Motion, Brains in Motion: Movement makes kids better students. On Friday, January 22, 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 like to attend. The event, running from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., includes lunch and learning session with Dr. Breithecker. MVIFI […]

20 Nov 2015

Creating Innovators: Learning Pathways for iDiploma

After wrapping up our Design Thinking Accelerator Module, Innovation Diploma cohorts were faced with a difficult task of choosing their learning pathway for the fourth Module. Through a survey tool and conversations with their advisors, learners chose the best pathway based on skill level and interest. PRODUCT DESIGN AND INNOVATION MODULE: For the Product Design and Innovation Module, which is a module headed up by two of the four iDiploma advisors, Bo Adams and T.J. Edwards,  learners are working on […]

17 Nov 2015

Culture Lies Beneath : Part 1

“Culture eats strategy for lunch.” This was one of more provocative statements I heard in a transformational leadership lecture from Dr. Mark McCloskey at Bethel Seminary. I am sure he wasn’t the first one to say it, but it has stuck with me since and has proven itself to be true over and over again. Organizations lead from the inside out whether they like it or not. At MVIFI and Mount Vernon we have the incredible opportunity to hear from […]

13 Nov 2015

Designing a Humanities Program

The following post is written by Emily Breite, Head of Learning and Innovation at the Upper School, who is spearheading the design of a new Humanities program at Mount Vernon. MVIFI helped catapult this work through the Collider event, and we continue to serve on the design team that is building the program. We are thrilled to be able to share the incredible work from Emily and her design team. “Imagine: You have just stepped out of a time machine. The […]

04 Nov 2015

Purpose Based Learning (a #FailUp moment) | Planting T’s

Purpose Based Learning (a #FailUp moment) Posted: October 28, 2015 | Author: TJE | Filed under: In the classroom | I don’t want to say I planned to fail, but I also don’t deny that I didn’t see this coming. This year’s major project for my technology, engineering, and design class (T.E.D.) is a prototype in more ways than one. The Bike Project was born out of a generous grant from MVIFI’s XLR8 summer grant that was awarded to teachers proposing interdisciplinary […]

01 Nov 2015

Leading change demands living the change…and building agency

In a recent article on EML, Will Richardson shared that he asks the districts he works with, “Is this a school that learns?” He went on to write these provocative questions: What does a learning school look like? What’s the culture of a school that learns? How does it happen? Will sparked in me some significant reflection. He also spurred me to write this blog post and share how Mount Vernon is, indeed, a school that learns. Here’s just one […]