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31 Oct 2016

Share the Well – A Thirst for Innovation

Share the well. At Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, we work to be very intentional about culture. Our mission begins, “We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact.” To continuously live into this mission requires a deliberateness about our culture. So, we are responsible and accountable to one another in our school community through the norms that we’ve chosen. One of these norms is “share the well.” To “share the well” originates from the offering of one’s water source to […]

27 Oct 2016

How to be a Reimagineer in the Humanities

BY JAMES CAMPBELL The Fall of 2015 sparked the beginning of a conversation around the possibility of creating a Humanities program at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.  This Collider Session, hosted as part of Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) professional development, was heavily attended by educators from all MVPS divisions and disciplines.  Conversations at the Humanities session ranged from pure excitement and let’s start this program today to it’s not a no for me, but I need more details.  Thankfully, […]

19 Oct 2016

PBL Entry Events – Curriculum Reflections

By: Nicole Martin, Head of Learning and Innovation | Lower School My favorite description of project-based learning comes from Heather Wolpert-Gawron’s elevator pitch in her article “What the Heck is Project-Based Learning?” “PBL is the act of learning through identifying a real-world problem and developing its solution. Kids show what they learn as they journey through the unit, not just at the end.” Students at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School wrestled with real-world problems this week as three Lower School grade […]

11 Oct 2016

Design Movement | The Post w/ Andy Saberioon

On The Post, Andy has the opportunity to ask Brett a few questions. Andy Saberioon, Co-Founder of PledgeCents joins Design Movement to discuss the unique (crowd)fundraising design model developed to support educators throughout the US. Design Movement is a podcast of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. Connect with Brett on Twitter – @jbrettjacobsen www.mvifi.org www.mountvernonschool.org

08 Oct 2016

Iterative Instruction

By T.J. Edwards (Cross-posted on my personal blog, Planting T’s) Time flies when you are having fun! I launched the Technology, Engineering, and Design (TED) course 2 years ago. The curriculum, my teaching style, and the space(s) have changed significantly since then – largely in response to my students’ feedback. Because TED is a one semester elective, I have had a chance to test 4 prototypes. I’ve tried engineering themes (GIS, Environmental Engineering, Product design). I’ve tried different projects (architecture & construction, […]

04 Oct 2016

Okorie Johnson: Ok Cello at fuse16

Encountering failure is often the reality of those who pursue their dreams. Fear and depression could be obstacles, but they also could be catalysts for new songs formed deep in our identities. Okorie Johnson is a storyteller and cellist known as Ok Cello. In his live performance and MoVetalk he tells his story of how seven notes changed everything for him. (Filmed at MVIFI fuse16, June 15, 2016.)

29 Sep 2016

How WE Work – Strengths-based Leadership

I frequent the “How I Work” tag on lifehacker. Some find the habit odd. Why would I care about how people choose to set up their app screen or what productivity tool they use? The means by which we choose to stay productive is important to me because I believe we are getting a glimpse into how people step into the complexity of working with teams and collaborating as the workplace becomes flatter and more disaggregated. If I were asked, […]

27 Sep 2016
24 Sep 2016

New School Model that Will Transform Education: Student as Designer & Community Partner as Client

By Meghan Cureton Using design briefs as a primary means of project curation is still new to iDiploma. Last year we launched our first, full-scale design brief (you can read about it here), and this year, we have quadrupled the number of design briefs just for the fall. It’s exciting. It’s overwhelming. And it is so incredibly empowering to our students. The fact that they had clear, measurable success with their first brief has them fired up to do more […]

16 Sep 2016

Challenging Assumptions: Grade Reporting Timeline

What conditions and characteristics of school do we simply assume are engrained parts of the system? You know, those things about school that we take for granted are just baked into the structure of school. During the 2016-17 academic year (there is one of those assumptions, right?), I plan to post a series of blog entries about these assumptions along with a few ideas and questions about how we might challenge them. Why am I interested in thinking about and […]