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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 […]

30 Oct 2015

The Creativity Crisis Demands School Transformation

Students Emmy Schaeffer and Anya Smith from Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s Innovation Diploma are both passionate about education and the discussions around its redesign. In fact, they’ve totally redesigned an AP Language and Composition course that has them acting as both teachers and students in this self-taught, student-driven course. Working through the summer, they created their own version of a syllabus that the College Board recently accepted. In this “collab-course,” as they call it, they recently challenged themselves to respond […]

25 Oct 2015

Council on Innovation 2015

What if we blurred the boundaries between “school work” and “real-world work?” What if we set the conditions for high-quality collaboration among students, business directors, company executives, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and school faculty? How might we ignite and nurture life-long curiosity? How might we create School 3.0? These are some of the major, guiding questions that drove the third annual Council on Innovation, hosted by the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. As explained on the […]

20 Oct 2015

Reflections from iDiploma on Design for Healthy Living Module | I wonder

  What an incredible week! Part of the work of an Innovation Diploma member is that they take more ownership over their learning by writing weekly reflections to capture their thinking and their growth. This week, I wanted to share some excerpts that might give others a window into their journey. Essentially, I see each of these excerpts as beginning to build a set of design thinking principles based on their current understandings and experiences. Principle 1: Design thinking is a […]

17 Oct 2015

Model the Innovation Spirit You Want to Cultivate – Building Capacity

Establishing innovation rituals in schools and classrooms often needs the most concrete of methods to help them take root: modeling. There are many books about innovation that discuss the necessary traits to nurture in young innovators (observing, questioning, experimenting, networking, and associating as shared in The Innovator’s DNA), and the patterns of innovation to design for that can translate into school/classroom environments and personal actions (exploring the adjacent possible, slow hunches, liquid networks, error, exaption, platforms, and serendipity from Where […]

15 Oct 2015

MVPS & Atlanta Leaders Tackle “Disruptive Curiosity” | Mount Vernon School News

Mount Vernon’s Council on Innovation set for Friday, October 23 by Allison Toller On Friday, October 23, we will host our third annual Council on Innovation. COI includes leaders who are experts and visionaries in entrepreneurship, business, and education from throughout the Atlanta community. Called together as a league of advisors, the Council provides insight and inspiration to Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. For a full day, the Council on Innovation will work with students, faculty, and leadership focusing […]

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