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Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation

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 […]

11 Oct 2015

Collider – An MVIFI XLR8r: Reimagining “Faculty Work Day” #MVCollider

Why do we manage and lead our professional learning days like we do? What if MVIFI (the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation) reimagined our October “faculty work day” and ran it as an in-house conference? In this post from Team #MVIFI, you can find the following: A bit of background about how we decided on and designed the Collider workshop model. We offer this process section for other schools who might be wondering how to reimagine their own professional development days. […]

06 Oct 2015

iDiploma Design Challenges Underway: Feedback and Assessment

The past two weeks Innovation Diploma has been immersed in the design challenges that spawned from the curiosity journaling they did back in early September. Currently five groups are working around these student generated HMWs: How might we amplify joy in our day? How might we make sustainability part of our DNA? How might we share the Innovation Diploma story with others? Students originally teamed with their advisory groups, but throughout the process, they have reconfigured into five groups. As they […]

04 Oct 2015

MVIFI collaborates with MVPS as innovation incubator and accelerator

When people call your organization for help, and when their requests align with your purpose, it’s a good sign that your messaging – about what you do – is growing in clarity and understanding. Our Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) received three such calls in the past two weeks from various groups within the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (MVPS). First, two Upper School faculty members who are spearheading a design-thinking project contacted the MVIFI team. Dr. Colley and Mr. […]

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