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Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation

22 Aug 2017

Adding a Little SPARK

How do you get ready to work with a group of people that you don’t know? How do you get ready to work with a group of people that you do know? How do you get your mental engines warmed up for the task ahead of your team? While there are many answers to these questions, my favorite one is to add a little SPARK. I was introduced to the idea of a SPARK during one of the first design […]

17 Aug 2017

A Call for Beacons

In 2012, I was able to attend the Constructing Modern Knowledge (CMK) Summer Institute. It is a professional learning opportunity hosted by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez – of Invent To Learn fame – along with a faculty of “educational pioneers, bestselling authors, and inventors of educational technologies.” It’s a mind-on/hands-on experience into constructionist learning – not by listening, but by doing deep, rich project work. It was like no other MakerEd professional learning experience I had attended ever attended before. […]

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 […]

13 Apr 2017

Part 1: Keys to Lead w/ Michael A. Pitcher

Michael ““Mike”” A. Pitcher is the 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 succeed. Design Movement is a podcast of […]

23 Mar 2017

Connected Learning – Curriculum Reflections (by Nicole Martin)

A foolish person thinks “I already know that.” He keeps anything new from coming into his mind. A wise person thinks, “I don’t know the whole story.” She opens herself up to even greater wisdom. -Haemin Sunim Many times I read education-related books and watch TED talks and find direct application to my professional education experiences. They help me grow and evolve in my thinking and practice. The best ones, though, have direct implications in both my personal and professional […]

21 Feb 2017

Insights from Shadow a Student Challenge

By Katie Cain (originally posted on personal blog) On Thursday, February 8, I had the pleasure of participating in the Shadow a Student Challenge. “The Shadow a Student Challenge is a fun, illuminating, and supportive journey where school leaders come together to empathize with their students and take new kinds of action at their school. Educators and researchers have long known that shadowing can lead to powerful observations and insights to drive change. The Shadow a Student Challenge provides methods […]

15 Feb 2017

Student Led Conferences, by Chip Houston

.entry-header Student Led Conferences: Year Two (9/22/16) Learning Transcends School (11/11/15) Feedback from Student Led Conferences (9/23/15) Launching Student Led Conferences (8/31/15) Expanding the Learning Measures (7/20/15) Although student-led conferences have been practiced in schools across the nation for several decades, the Middle School implemented them beginning in 2015-2016. The benefits of involving students in conversations about their learning, include: increased student motivation and ownership of learning greater alignment and meeting of standards/learning outcomes more involved parents celebrating each student’s unique […]

01 Feb 2017

Critical Making

BY T.J. Edwards (cross posted on Planting T’s) I owe it all to my wife and a little bit of curious wandering. She is an artist. For a mechanical enginerd, Spock-like logical thinker, and excel spreadsheet fanboy, she might have well been an unicorn of cognitive disruption. I followed her on lots of dates to museums and galleries. I made the novice mistake of saying things like: “Those are just solid colors. That’s not art!” “A kindergartener could splatter paint […]

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 […]

19 Jan 2017

Living in a Personal Case Study – Curiosity-based Learning

By Bo Adams, Executive Director, MVIFI Before the middle of November 2016, I had never really rock climbed before, other than some scrambling over boulders at various times of my life while playing or hiking. I definitely had never tied-in with a harness, donned the super-snug climbing shoes or doused my hands in chalk. There’s no way that I could have named a professional rock climber or told anyone what a Yosemite rating was. For the last two months, though, I […]